Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Scheinin, Harry
Organisation TY
Project title The Conscious Mind: Integrating subjective phenomenology with objective measurements
Decision No. 266467
Decision date 13.12.2012
Funding period 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2017
Funding 674 473
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
Consciousness is one of the last remaining mysteries in science. It remains unclear what consciousness is and how it emerges from brain activity. This project studies different states of the conscious human mind: anesthesia, sleep, dreaming, hypnosis, and meditation. By studying anesthesia, we aim to reveal what happens in the brain when consciousness is lost and when it returns, and whether subjective experiences occur even when the person appears to be unconscious. By comparing anesthesia and normal sleep, we aim to understand how similar these two states are. By studying the contents of dreams in detail, we aim to test the theory that dreaming functions as a simulation of waking life. In our studies of hypnosis, we clarify whether hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, and our study of meditation charts what kind of changes happen in the subjective contents during meditation. These studies thus shed light to fundamental questions concerning the states of consciousness.