Brain stays partly conscious under general anesthesia

Jul 06, 2018, 8:57 AM EDT
(Source: Daniel Oines/flickr)
(Source: Daniel Oines/flickr)

All of your consciousness isn’t lost while under the influence of an anesthetic as the brain dreams and processes words in this state, a joint research project claims.

The participants in the experiment could not differentiate between normal and incoherent sentences when under anesthesia but an electrical response indicated that the brain was trying to figure out the meaning of the words, reports Science Daily.

The finding busts a common perception that equates unresponsiveness with unconsciousness, clearly indicating a greater similarity between natural sleep and the state of consciousness induced by anesthetics, notes Science Alert.