We consciously perceive just a small part of the information processed in 
> the brain – but which information in the brain remains unconscious and 
> which reaches our consciousness remains a mystery. However, neuroscientists 
> Natalia Zaretskaya and Andreas Bartels from the Centre for Integrative 
> Neuroscience (CIN) at the University of Tübingen have now come one step 
> closer to answering this question.
> Their research, published in *Current Biology*, used a well-known visual 
> illusion known as 'binocular rivalry' as a technique to make visual images 
> invisible. Eyes usually both see the same image – binocular rivalry happens 
> when each eye is shown an entirely different image. Our brains cannot then 
> decide between the alternatives, and our perception switches back and forth 
> between the images in a matter of seconds. The two images are 'rivals' for 
> our attention, and every few seconds they take turns to enter our 
> consciousness.
> Using this approach the two scientists used a moving and a static picture 
> to cause perceptual alternations in their test subjects' minds. 
> Simultaneously they applied magnetic pulses to disturb brain processing in 
> a 'motion <> area' that specifically 
> processes visual motion <>. 
> The effect was unexpected: 'zapping' activity in the motion area did not 
> have any effect on how long the moving image was perceived – instead, the 
> amount of time the static image was perceived grew longer.
> So 'zapping' the motion area while the mind was unconsciously processing 
> motion meant that it took longer for it to become conscious of the moving 
> image. When the moving image was being perceived, however, zapping had no 
> effect.
> This result suggests that there is a substantial difference between 
> conscious and unconscious motion representation in the 
> brain<>. 
> Whenever motion is unconscious, its neural representation can easily be 
> disturbed, making it difficult for it to gain the upper hand in the 
> rivalry. However, once it becomes conscious it apparently becomes more 
> resistant to disturbance, so that introducing noise has no effect. 
> Therefore, one correlate of conscious neural codes may be a more stable and 
> noise-resistant representation of the outside world, which raises the 
> question of how this neural stability is achieved.

Indeed. It is almost as if consciousness is actually trying to make sense *on 
purpose* ;) Could it be that consciousness is actually *conscious???*

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