Multisensory brain mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness
Recent research has linked bodily self-consciousness to the processing and integration of multisensory bodily signals in temporoparietal, premotor, posterior parietal and extrastriate cortices. Studies in which subjects receive ambiguous multisensory information about the location and appearance of their own body have shown that these brain areas reflect the conscious experience of identifying with the body (self-identification (also known as body-ownership)), the experience of where 'I' am in space (self-location) and the experience of the position from where 'I' perceive the world (first-person perspective). Along with phenomena of altered states of self-consciousness in neurological patients and electrophysiological data from non-human primates, these findings may form the basis for a neurobiological model of bodily self-consciousness.
Keywords: Rubber Hand Illusion ; Extrastriate Body Area ; Ventral Intraparietal Area ; Superior Temporal Area ; Postcentral Somatosensory Cortex ; Monkeys Macaca-Fascicularis ; Crossmodal Congruency Task ; Premotor Cortex ; Peripersonal Space ; Parietal Cortex
Record created on 2012-07-20, modified on 2016-08-09