DOI: 10.14704/nq.2007.5.3.139

Brain: An Electromagnetic System [Turkish Review]/Beyin: Elektromanyetik Sistem [Türkçe Derleme]

Pinar Tuna


Electromagnetic theory of consciousness is the theory that the electromagnetic field created by the brain and nerve transmission, and the mental/physical interaction. The electromagnetic theory of consciousness is a theory that says the electromagnetic field generated by the brain is the actual carrier of conscious experience. This theory was initially proposed by scientists such as Johnjoe McFadden, Susan Pockett (see in this issue) and E. Roy John. The starting point for the theory is the fact that every time a neuron fires to generate an action potential it also generates a disturbance to the surrounding electromagnetic (EM) field. Information coded in neuron firing patterns is therefore reflected into the brain's EM field. Locating consciousness in the brain's EM field, rather than the neurons, has the advantage of neatly accounting for how information located in millions of neurons scattered throughout the brain can be unified into a single conscious experience (sometimes called the binding problem): the information is unified in the EM field.


electromagnetic field, binding problem, consciousness, mind-brain theory

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