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‘Brain Surfing’: Ultrasound waves focused on prefrontal cortex elevate mood and change brain connectivity in human volunteers
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

A team of researchers at the University of Arizona has found that low-intensity ultrasound waves directed at a particular region of the brain’s prefrontal cortex in healthy subjects can elevate mood, and decrease connectivity in a brain network that has been shown to be hyperactive in psychiatric disorders. The method uses transcranial focused ultrasound (‘tFUS’), a painless, non-invasive technique to modulate brain function comparable to transcranial magnetic stimulation (‘TMS’), and transcranial direct current stimulation (‘tDCS’). This study shows, for the first time, a correlation between tFUS-induced mood enhancement, and reorganization of brain circuits.

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Released: 4-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
The Science of Consciousness TSC 2019Interlaken - Switzerland June 25-28, 2019
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

The Science of Consciousness (TSC) 2019 is the 26th annual international interdisciplinary conference on fundamental questions and cutting-edge issues connected with conscious experience. https://www.tsc2019-interlaken.ch/

Released: 10-Oct-2018 5:05 PM EDT
The Science of Consciousness 2019 ConferenceJune 25-28, 2019 Interlaken - Switzerland
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

The Science of Consciousness (TSC) 2019 is the 26th annual international interdisciplinary conference on fundamental questions and cutting-edge issues connected with conscious experience.

Newswise: Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson 2018: Final Call for Abstracts - Due January 2, 2018
Released: 12-Dec-2017 2:05 PM EST
Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson 2018: Final Call for Abstracts - Due January 2, 2018
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

The Science of Consciousness ('TSC') is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, language, biology, quantum physics, meditation, altered states, machine consciousness, the nature of reality, culture and experiential phenomenology.

Newswise: The Science of Consciousness
Released: 2-Nov-2017 6:05 PM EDT
The Science of Consciousness
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

The Science of Consciousness (‘TSC’) is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation, altered states, machine consciousness, the nature of reality, culture and experiential phenomenology. Held annually since 1994, the conference is hosted by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona, and alternates yearly between Tucson, Arizona and various locations around the world. The next 'TSC', The Science of Consciousness, will be April 2-7, 2018 in Tucson Arizona at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort co-hosted with the University of Michigan, Center for Consciousness Science. See website for details www.consciousness.arizona.edu

Newswise: ‘The Science of Consciousness’ Conference – April 2-7, 2018: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort – Tucson, Arizona
Released: 11-Sep-2017 3:15 PM EDT
‘The Science of Consciousness’ Conference – April 2-7, 2018: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort – Tucson, Arizona
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

The Science of Consciousness (‘TSC’) is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation, altered states, machine consciousness, the nature of reality, culture and experiential phenomenology.

Newswise: Consciousness Depends on Tubulin Vibrations Inside Neurons, Anesthesia Study Suggests
Released: 5-Sep-2017 1:30 PM EDT
Consciousness Depends on Tubulin Vibrations Inside Neurons, Anesthesia Study Suggests
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Anesthetic gases selectively block consciousness, sparing non-conscious brain activities. Thus the specific mechanism of anesthetic action could reveal how the brain produces consciousness.

Newswise: Science of Consciousness 2017
Released: 18-May-2017 12:05 AM EDT
Science of Consciousness 2017
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

week long interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the nature of conscious experience, awareness, feelings and existence.

Newswise: Roger Penrose Institute to Form in San Diego
Released: 21-Mar-2017 3:05 PM EDT
Roger Penrose Institute to Form in San Diego
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

A unique institute is being formed to develop and investigate the forward-thinking ideas of eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose. To be based in San Diego, California, with collaborations in London and Oxford in the UK, and Tucson, Arizona, the Institute will examine the interplay between quantum mechanics and general relativity and the possible implications on our understanding of consciousness.

Released: 23-Jan-2017 2:05 PM EST
The Science of Consciousness, June 5-10, 2017
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

'The Science of Consciousness' ('TSC') is the world's largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference on all aspects of the nature of conscious awareness, feelings and existence.

Newswise: Final 2016 Conference Program: The Science of Consciousness - UPDATED
Released: 31-Mar-2016 12:00 PM EDT
Final 2016 Conference Program: The Science of Consciousness - UPDATED
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

After 23 years, the seminal conference 'Toward a Science of Consciousness' is now simply 'The Science of Consciousness'. But as consciousness cannot be observed, scientifically explained, nor commonly defined, is there now truly a 'Science of Consciousness'? Are we there yet?

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Released: 7-Dec-2015 12:05 PM EST
Science of Consciousness
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Global Conference April 25-30, 2016 Loews Ventana Canyon Tucson, AZ

Newswise: Anesthesia Points to Deeper Level ‘Quantum Channels’ as Origins of Consciousness
Released: 23-Mar-2015 2:00 PM EDT
Anesthesia Points to Deeper Level ‘Quantum Channels’ as Origins of Consciousness
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Anesthetics act inside neurons in microtubule pi electron resonance clouds, similar to those mediating quantum coherence in photosynthesis proteins. Here the authors show anesthetics dampen pi cloud terahertz oscillations, proposed as the microtubule-based origin of consciousness.

Newswise: New Study Favors Quantum Mind
Released: 18-Sep-2014 3:00 PM EDT
New Study Favors Quantum Mind
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Microtubule properties consistent with quantum theory of consciousness.

Released: 21-Apr-2014 1:50 PM EDT
‘Consciousness Central’ TV Channel to Launch at Tucson Conference
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Eastern and Western views about consciousness will clash at the 20 year anniversary conference ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness” which kicks off April 21 at the Marriott University Park Hotel at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Web-based TV channel ‘Consciousness Central’ will show plenary lectures, interviews with key figures, commentary and analysis, clips from previous conferences, scenes from the consciousness art show, poetry slam, ‘zombie blues’, and parties.

Newswise: ‘Collision Course’ in the Science of Consciousness
Released: 4-Apr-2014 2:00 PM EDT
‘Collision Course’ in the Science of Consciousness
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

The nature of consciousness, the reality it conveys and our place in the universe remain unknown. Since ancient times, two types of views have approached these questions. In Western science and philosophy, consciousness is strictly a by-product of brain activity, the reality it perceives not to be trusted (‘Plato’s cave’, Descartes’ ‘brain-in-a-vat’, Dennett’s ‘multiple drafts’). On the other hand, in Eastern philosophy, consciousness is primary, the fundamental basis for reality.

Newswise: Toward a Science of Consciousness
Released: 10-Dec-2013 11:00 AM EST
Toward a Science of Consciousness
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Toward a Science of Consciousness 2014 The 20th Anniversary Conference April 21-26, 2014 Marriott University Park, Tucson, Arizona Sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona

Newswise: ‘Good Vibrations’! Brain Ultrasound Improves Mood
Released: 14-May-2013 3:20 PM EDT
‘Good Vibrations’! Brain Ultrasound Improves Mood
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques aimed at mental and neurological conditions include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for depression, and transcranial direct current (electrical) stimulation (tDCS), shown to improve memory. Transcranial ultrasound stimulation (TUS) has also shown promise.

Released: 1-Feb-2013 12:15 PM EST
Eastern Philosophy Meets Western Science at the Taj Mahal
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Toward a Science of Consciousness – March 3-9, 2013. East West Views on Brain, Mind and Reality, Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI) Agra, INDIA.

Newswise: Post-Anesthesia Dementia, Like Alzheimer's, Looks Micro-'Tubular'
Released: 26-Jun-2012 2:00 PM EDT
Post-Anesthesia Dementia, Like Alzheimer's, Looks Micro-'Tubular'
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Modern anesthesia is extremely safe. But as risks to heart, lungs and other organs have waned, another problem has emerged in the elderly: post-operative cognitive dysfunction. Mentally, some patients “just aren’t the same” for months or longer after surgery. Other factors play a role, but a small number of patients deteriorate mentally due to anesthesia per se. Those with Alzheimer’s disease suffer exacerbations, and those without the diagnosis may have it unmasked by anesthesia, suggesting some relationship.

Released: 26-Mar-2012 8:30 AM EDT
Zinc Imbalance in Brains of Alzheimer’s Patients Points to New Therapies
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) steals memory and ruins lives. Despite near-daily reports of promising new therapies, AD remains unchecked. Now a new study reveals the mechanism by which AD may cause memory loss, suggesting new therapies.

Newswise: Consciousness Conference Covers All Angles
Released: 19-Mar-2012 9:00 AM EDT
Consciousness Conference Covers All Angles
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

The 10th biennial interdisciplinary conference Toward a Science of Consciousness.

Newswise: Scientists Claim Brain Memory Code Cracked
Released: 9-Mar-2012 9:00 AM EST
Scientists Claim Brain Memory Code Cracked
Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona

Despite a century of research, memory encoding in the brain has remained mysterious. Neuronal synaptic connection strengths are involved, but synaptic components are short-lived while memories last lifetimes. This suggests synaptic information is encoded and hard-wired at a deeper, finer-grained molecular scale.


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