Into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death. Book review: Into the Grey Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen 2019-02-07

Into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death Rating: 5,3/10 1042 reviews

Into the Gray Zone

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

{T}he heart of grey zone science is about finding people who have been lost to us and reconnecting them with the people they love and who love them. I was surprised to read of the research that proved that people who are seemingly in a vegetative state are actually conscious and able to understand and respond internally to questions and stimuli. . An expert in the field, Adrian Owen led a team that, in 2006, discovered this lost population and made medical history. The second scenario he used with his healthy subjects was to ask them to imagine or visualize themselves walking through their homes. I personally feel this breakthrough his exciting.

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Into the Gray Zone

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

The author gives thorough consideration to readers unfamiliar with An incredibly detailed and fascinating insight into the world of patients in vegetative states of mind and how the author and a team of specialists seemingly discovered a way to communicate with them. Owen believes that at the very least, his findings have encouraged doctors, nurse and family members to view these patients with more empathy and this empathy may increase the likelihood of a partial recovery. It's vital research in what it means to be fully alive and functioning, even if it's not as we pre-suppose consciousness to be. What's more, a longer time in a locked in syndrome was correlated with how happy this group said they were! The book is a real page-turner, both because it unpacks the complexities of modern neuroscience in an accessible way and because it directly confronts profound ethical questions. Complex research is being completed and the results are both fascinating and disturbing. What can recent developments in neurological science reveal about existential matters that have plagued philosophers and theologians for centuries? Owen deftly knits these two strands together to raise fascinating ethical questions about human identity and value. Owen is intrepid, and vulnerable.

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Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

It is about what these fascinating borderlands between life and death have taught us about being human. If you think of a place where you took action, your brain will hand off the thought from one section to the other. Though the book concentrates on Owen's research by discussing some milestone cases individuals who suffered brain injury and were living in vegetative or minimally responsive states when Owen and his team used their scanning protocols to try to understand if these individuals had any level of brain activity, response to outside cues, etc. In many ways I expect that Owen helped himself and his loss, by his career choices. Owen that he was not in any pain. The book step-wise takes us along for the ride, as Dr.

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Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

He needed something which would 'light up' the same areas in all brains being tested. In our world we get used to happily-ever-after. This conversation has touched most people in some way. Reading how this happened will make you alternately laugh, gasp and cry. It is sobering to consider, and I liked how the author reflected upon the implications of it.

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Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death (Hardcover)

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

After expansive experiments, Owen was able to determine that in fact a significant percentage of those in persistent vegetative state had some degree of awareness and brain activity. Owen explains all things related to consciousness perfectly. What can their families and friends do to help them? It is amazing to see how Adrian Owen making research breakthroughs in the neuroscience applied for people in the gray zone. Each chapter details the experiences Owen has encountered while working with specific patients and their families. Adrian Owen is a neuroscientist who has been working for decades with patients who have been described as being in a vegetative state or non-responsive due to brain injuries or degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

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Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

The book is so accessible and is presented very well, interspersed with enough human examples to make it hard to put down such a well worn phrase but certainly applies in this case. What, truly, defines a satisfying life? This book is about the difference between a brain and a mind, a body and a person. And perhaps most intriguing of all: in defining what a life worth living is, are we too concerned with the physical and not giving enough emphasis to the power of thought? Ironically, the timing of reading the book held much personal meaning for me as a few weeks after starting the book, a close friend experienced a sudden cardiac event that led to a major stroke and subsequent unresponsive state prior to his death 19 days later. His attempts at approaching ethics and philosophy were personal convictions, making these thoughts shallow and useless. My explorations into the gray zone have taught me that consciousness is not inexplicable, mystical, or metaphysical.

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Book review: Into the Grey Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

Ultimately, this is not just a spellbinding story of scientific discovery but a deeply human, affirming book that causes us to wonder anew at the indomitable bonds of love. The case of Terri Schiavo comes to mind immediately, mainly because of the very public legal battle which took place. The book also addresses how communication might be established if consciousness is discovered. The general tone is that of scientific standpoints. For so long, medical professionals have believed that they could say, with a degree of certainty, that patients in a vegetative state were not conscious or aware of their surroundings. Into the Grey Zone shines a fascinating light on how we think, remember, and pay attention. Oliver Sacks and his books came to my mind while listening to this audiobook.

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Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death (Hardcover)

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

This book really is straight memoir with elementary neuroscience sprinkled in. Without intending to, neuroscientist Adrian Owen has spent a lifetime discovering how to penetrate those immobile presences, and actually communicate with some of them. That reminded me of the age old fear of being buried alive. Bigger than any of us, it carries us along in a ceaseless flux to destinations we can't even begin to comprehend. What, truly, defines a satisfying life? Owen attempted this experiment with a patient named Scott, a man who had been in a vegetative state for the 12 years since he had been involved in an automobile accident. Thank you all, for sharing your hard work with me. He's come into contact with doctors, psychologists, fellow neuroscientists, and philosophers.

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Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death by Adrian Owen

into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

The last sections which contained his thought summations upon the possible future in this field - 2 stars. We can be aware of our surroundings, but we may not understand ourselves or be able to introspect. Owen makes it not just bearable but fascinating. Owen has studied both healthy people and people with brain injuries for over 25 years, and published research in prestigious scientific journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, and The Lancet. The brain is hard wired to automatically respond to some forms of stimulation hearing someone cry out your name for example. What can their families and friends do to help them? We see it in our books and our films, those adult fairy tales that carry the day.

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into the gray zone a neuroscientist explores the border between life and death

This is an eye opening look at consciousness that leaves any reader only hoping that pulling the plug on a loved one never becomes a decision that needs to be made in this lifetime. Scientists, physicians, and philosophers have only just begun to grapple with the implications. Carol was a 23-year-old woman who had been hit by two cars as she attempted to cross a busy street and while she was distracted by her cellphone. I felt the writer spent too much time talking about himself and thought the last section on future scientific prospect was both speculative and very over optimistic. An expert in the field, Adrian Owen led a team that, in 2006, discovered this lost population and made medical history.

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