Elucidation of the brain correlates of cognitive empathy and self-awareness

Julian Paul Keenan, Mark A. Wheeler

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Self-awareness is thought to be tied to processes of higher-order perspective taking including empathy. These abilities appear to be reserved for humans, great apes, and possibly, dolphins. Recent examinations reveal that both self-awareness and empathy may have origins in the right hemisphere. It is possible that, as in language, lateralization plays a key role in the development of higher-order perspective taking and self-awareness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-41
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2002


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