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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 24 (2011), Issue 1, Pages 47-53

The Presence of Consciousness in Absence Seizures

Tim Bayne

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford & St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK

Received 23 March 2011; Accepted 23 March 2011

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This paper examines three respects in which the study of epileptic absence seizures promises to inform our understanding of consciousness. Firstly, it has the potential to bear on debates concerning the behavioural and cognitive functions associated with consciousness. Secondly, it has the potential to illuminate the relationship between background states (or ‘levels’) of consciousness and the contents of consciousness. Thirdly, it has the potential to bear on our understanding of the unity of consciousness.