Feelings of emotion and the self

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 Oct:1001:253-61. doi: 10.1196/annals.1279.014.


The self is a critical component of consciousness. The neural correlates of self have proven elusive, but it is reasonable to suggest that, in its simplest form, the self process requires a composite representation of the ongoing state of the organism as reflected in subcortical and cortical somatic maps within the central nervous system. The basis for these maps is a wealth of signals originating in different sectors of the body-proper. Some of these signals portray the actual state of the body as modified by emotions in response to interactions with the environment; but other signals are the result of internal simulations controlled from other regions of the central nervous system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain
  • Consciousness / physiology
  • Ego*
  • Emotions / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Processes
  • Psychophysiology