Neural Bases of Consciousness and Sleep

The course will provide an introduction to fundamental concepts and current experimental approaches related to the study of the functional and anatomical basis of consciousness in humans. In particular, the course deals with the following topics:

a) Definition of consciousness and identification of its fundamental properties;
b) The neuroanatomical basis of consciousness;
c) Altered states of consciousness: sleep, anesthesia, seizures, coma and related conditions;
d) Main experimental paradigms and methodological approaches to the study of consciousness;
e) Sleep as a model for the study of consciousness: local aspects of sleep and wakefulness