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Bereitschaftspotential

Bereitschaftspotential  

The original German name for the readiness potential. BP abbrev.
consciousness

consciousness  

The state of being conscious (1, 2); the normal mental condition of the waking state of humans, characterized by the experience of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, awareness of the external world, ...
contingent negative variation

contingent negative variation  

A type of event-related potential, believed to indicate attention, consisting of a large negative change in potential voltage across the cerebral cortex, especially in the frontal lobe, that develops ...
decision-making

decision-making  

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The process of acting upon the best information available in order to determine the most appropriate course of action.
event-related potential

event-related potential  

Another name for an evoked potential, especially an EEG response originating outside the primary sensory areas of the brain, initiated by cognitive activity, associated with the sequential processing ...
evoked potential

evoked potential  

A type of EEG response, either generated in the primary sensory areas of the brain, initiated by a sensory stimulus, and called a sensory or exogenous potential, or generated elsewhere in the brain, ...
homunculus

homunculus  

A tiny man, especially the completed homunculus depicting the surface of the human body, with each part drawn in proportion to its representation in the somatosensory cortex (see illustration), or ...
Libet's delay

Libet's delay  

A period of approximately half a second between a person's skin being touched and the resulting conscious experience of being touched, although the brain receives the signal and responds to the ...
reaction time

reaction time  

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The period of time between the detection of a stimulus at a sensory receptor and the performance of the appropriate response by the effector organ. This delay is caused by the time taken for the ...
readiness potentials and human volition

readiness potentials and human volition   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Consciousness

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
Length:
2,175 words

The term ‘readiness potential’ (Bereitschaftspotential in the original German) was first used by Kornhuber and Deecke (1965)

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