Consciousness the awareness of ourselves and our environment. Allows us to gather information, reflect on our past and plan our future. Helps us cope with situations, act in long term interests, avoiding pain, and promoting survival. The interdisciplinary study of the brain activity linked with cognition (including perception, thinking, memory, and language) In an experiment the researchers told a women who showed no signs of consciousness to imagine playing tennis. The fmri scans showed that the areas of the brain related to arm movement had lit up- consciousness may still be active. Our brains are working simultaneously consciously and unconsciously. We are doing much more than what we are consciously aware of. We could look at a bird and consciously say it"s a blue jay, but also be sub processing the colour, the size, the distance of the bird. Dual processing the principal that information is being processed simultaneously on separate conscious and unconscious tracks.