Roots of human self-awareness: New study points to a complex, diffuse patchwork of brain pathways

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 18:30 in Biology & Nature

A research team has upended current thinking about areas in the human brain responsible for self-awareness. Using a rare patient with damage to areas considered vital to be self-aware, the team learned the patient was not only self-aware, but capable of introspection and self-insight. The researchers propose that self-awareness is a product of a diffuse patchwork of pathways in the brain rather than confined to specific areas.

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