Where in the brain is the self?

Todd E. Feinberg, Julian Paul Keenan

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-678
Number of pages18
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005


  • Asomatognosia
  • Brain
  • Capgras
  • Delusional misidentification syndrome
  • Neuroimaging
  • Self
  • Self-awareness


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