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Radio Curious
Weekly Program
Dr. Adrian Owen & Barry Vogel, Esq.
 Radio Curious - Barry Vogel  Contact Contributor
Radio Curious visits with Adrian Owen, Ph.D., author of "Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death." Dr. Owen has developed imaging techniques that allow a conscious person locked in a coma to communicate.
Barry Vogel, attorney and counselor, is the host and creator of Radio Curious. Thomas Schoolcraft and Christina Aanestad are the assistant producers.
Approximately twenty percent of the people who are motionless and locked into a deep coma, wholly unable to move or respond, have a conscious awareness.  This conscious awareness may be determined with the use of Functional magnetic resonance imaging, commonly called fMRI.  This imaging reveals the increased blood flow to specific areas of the brain when a person focuses on a certain idea or image.

In this program we visit with Adrian Owen, Ph.D., author of "Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death." Dr. Owen who thoroughly enjoys neurobiology and his rock and roll band began to develop imaging techniques allowing a conscious person locked in a coma to respond yes or no, to a given question.  Owen is currently the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and Imaging at the Brain and Mind Institute, of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.

As part of our continuing series on dementia, we visited with Dr. Owen from his office in London, Ontario Canada, June 28, 2017.  We began when I asked him to explain the difference between magnetic resonance imaging and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

The book Adrian Owen recommends is "The Selfish Gene," by Richard Dawkins.

For more information about Dr. Adrian Owen visit his website: http://www.owenlab.uwo.ca/

Radio Curious is a half-hour, weekly, long-form interview program, now in its 27th year. We interview people on a curiously wide variety of topics about life and ideas. Our website is www.radiocurious.org. If your station airs Radio Curious please let us know curious@radiocurious.org, we will add you to our list of syndicate stations. We also welcome questions, feedback and program ideas. Radio Curious 280 N. Oak St. Ukiah, Ca 95482. (707) 462-6541.

In a Coma and Conscious: Communicating with the Comatose Download Program Podcast
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