Interpreting Brain Waves

The result of Canadian researchers using a novel method of interpreting electroencephalograms suggested that the “vegetative” patients in fact might be hearing and understanding. In late 2011 they asked 16 patients in an irreversible “vegetative” state to move their hands or toes. In three people, the scientists found brain activity similar to that of healthy people given the same instructions. 

Full text and source: The New York Times