The neurophilosophy of epileptic experiences

F Monaco, M Mula, Andrea Cavanna

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Background: Specific alterations of consciousness have a central role in the phenomenological description of epileptic seizures and in the patient's subjective reports. Methods: This article discusses the use of philosophical methodology within a neurological framework to understand consciousness. Results: How the alterations in consciousness are experienced by patients with epilepsy depends largely on the localization of the underlying neurophysiological dysfuntion. Discussion: Rigorous conceptual analysis of ictal experience reports can help to illuminate the study of consciousness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-187
Number of pages4
JournalActa Neuropsychiatrica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2011


  • amygdala
  • epilepsy
  • temporal lobe
  • psychiatric disorders


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