Scientific Understanding of Consciousness
Consciousness as an Emergent Property of Thalamocortical Activity

Sensory Pathways Diagram

(Rolls, Memory, Attention, and Decision-Making, 123)

Schematic diagram showing some of the connections of the taste, olfactory, somatosensory, and visual pathways in the brain.

V1, primary visual (striate) cortex.

V2 and V4, further cortical visual areas.

VPL, ventro-postero-lateral nucleus of the thalamus, which conveys somatosensory information to the primary somatosensory cortex (areas 1, 2 and 3).

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