A New Theory for The Mystery Of Consciousness
Consciousness is one of the brain's most enigmatic mysteries. A new theory, inspired by thermodynamics, takes a high-level perspective of how neural networks in the brain transiently organize to give rise to memories, thought and consciousness.

Each macrostate is composed of multiple configurable microstates. During conscious awareness, the brain has an optimal number of connected neural networks, and so many more microstates to support cognition. In contrast, during unconscious states like seizures, there are too many connected neural networks resulting in fewer microstates -and so, lower entropy and higher free energy, causing the brain to malfunction.

By using thermodynamic principles, such as energy gradients, dissipation and approach to equilibrium, we have a way to start comprehending, or characterizing, how "mental things happen" and how they sometimes deviate towards neuropathological states, said study author Dr. Jose L. Perez Velazquez affiliated with the Ronin Institute in Montclair, NJ.
The results, funded by Novela Neurotech, were published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.


Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-10/nn-ant102219.php
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