Kenneth M. Heilman

in Matter of Mind

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195144901
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865642 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses cases of patients who have lost self-awareness. The aim o the chapter is to provide a better understanding of the brain mechanisms of self-awareness. It argues that self-awareness is a multicomponent process. To develop self-awareness, one must monitor oneself. This process requires both sensory feedback and a monitor. This monitor, which contains representations or memories, must receive not only sensory feedback but also intentions. Whereas the intentional feed-forward system sets the monitor's expectations, the feedback system provides the monitor with data.

Keywords: brain; self-knowledge; anosognosia; asomatognosia; feed-forward system; feedback system; denial of illness

Chapter.  9695 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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