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Unlocking the BrainVolume 2: Consciousness$
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Georg Northoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199826995

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199826995.001.0001

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Resting State Activity and Preintentional Organization

Resting State Activity and Preintentional Organization

(p.328) Chapter 25 Resting State Activity and Preintentional Organization
Unlocking the Brain

Georg Northoff

Oxford University Press

What are the neuronal mechanisms underlying intentionality? Recent findings show a neural activity balance between the midline network and the lateral cortical network. Both networks are “anticorrelated” with each other in their degree of neural activity and functional connectivity. Moreover, it has been shown that the two neural networks are associated with distinct forms of awareness: internal awareness targeting internal contents is associated with the midline network, while external awareness directed toward external content is related to neural activity in the lateral network.

Keywords:   internal and external awareness, midline network, lateral network, difference-based coding, neural balance, difference-based hypothesis, origin-based hypothesis, balance-based hypothesis, directedness toward, intentionality, preintentional, network of preintentional capacities

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