Escape from linear time: prefrontal cortex and conscious experience.


Insights into the brain mechanisms of conscious experience are provided by the study of neurological patients / patients with prefrontal damage exhibit deficits in behaviors that are crucial for normal conscious experience / problems with inhibitory control of external sensory inputs and internal cognitive processes, coupled with abnormalities in the detection of novel events, lead to a cascade of behavioral deficits / reviews neuropsychological and neurophysiological evidence linking prefrontal cortex to these deficits and to conscious experience.