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“Vegetative” Patients May Be Given a New Voice, Through EEGs

Scientists explore a new way of communication for seemingly vegetative patients.

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EEG is short for electroencephalography, a recording of electrical brain activity.

Most patients classified as vegetative do not seem to be aware of their surroundings. However, that is not always the case.

Some patients are not able to communicate in conventional ways, but studies being done with EEG machines show that they are far from brain-dead. So technically, these patients are not vegetative at all.

Communicating using EEG could mean reconnecting with loved-ones. It could also help doctors treat and care for patients more effectively.

Read More:

  • EEG Scans May Be Key To Communication for Vegetative Patients (PopSci)
  • Vegetative State: Dialogue (TheEconomist)
Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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