The Frontal Lobes and Self-Awareness

Donald T. Stuss, R. Shayna Rosenbaum, Sarah Malcolm, William Christiana, Julian Paul Keenan

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This chapter summarizes a hierarchical framework proposed by Stuss, Picton, and Alexander (2001) that suggests different levels of awareness of self to account for variations in attributions of awareness to different brain regions. It also challenges current thinking on the relationship between theory of mind, autobiographical memory, and the frontal lobes. A reformulation of the hierarchical framework of self-awareness is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Lost Self
Subtitle of host publicationPathologies of the Brain and Identity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865758
ISBN (Print)0195173414, 9780195173413
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Autobiographical memory
  • Frontal lobes
  • Self
  • Self-awareness
  • Theory of mind


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