Where in the brain is the self?

Conscious Cogn. 2005 Dec;14(4):661-78. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2005.01.002.


Localizing the self in the brain has been the goal of consciousness research for centuries. Recently, there has been an increase in attention to the localization of the self. Here we present data from patients suffering from a loss of self in an attempt to understand the neural correlates of consciousness. Focusing on delusional misidentification syndrome (DMS), we find that frontal regions, as well as the right hemisphere appear to play a significant role in DMS and DMS related disorders. These data are placed in the context of neuroimaging findings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Awareness / physiology
  • Brain / anatomy & histology*
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Capgras Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Delusions / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Self Concept*