Consciousness and co-consciousness, binding problem and schizophrenia.

: At this time is thought that binding of synchronized and distributed activity is crucial for the mechanism of consciousness. There are suggestive findings that disturbances in this feature binding produce disintegration of consciousness in schizophrenia. It leads to disturbances in reflection of the self and dissociated psychic fragments may be experienced as parts of the external world. Disturbances in the feature binding that lead to disintegration in neural communication among some parts of the brain thus seem to be a neurophysiological counterpart of psychological dissociative processes related to stress response and cognitive, affective and neuroendocrine dysregulation.

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