Multi-Layered Model of Self: A Functional Neuroimaging Perspective


Recent functional neuroimaging findings suggest that the self is not a unitary entity in the brain. Cortical areas specifically activated during self-face recognition are unlikely to comprise a single network associated with a unitary process (Sugiura et al., 2006). These regions do not respond to the self-name (Sugiura et al., 2008), and do not overlap with the areas involved in social self-awareness (Kampe, Frith, & Frith, 2003) or emotional self-regulation (Beauregard, Lévesque, & Bourgouin, 2001).

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