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Being an I: Cognitive and Neurobiological processes of “Self” models

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Perhaps the most fundamental construct of the human psyche is the sense of self. “Self” models are present at several distinct levels of cognition and underlie essential phenomenological aspects of the human experience, from the feeling of being an embodied agent in this world to our personal autobiographical narrative. Despite the dominant role the of the “Self” in our psychology, the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying this construct are not well understood. In this talk I will show how the brain integrates interoceptive, sensory and especially motor signals to form the fundamental model of the bodily self, allowing us the corporeal experience of “being” in this world. I will further discuss how the self can be compromised in neurological and psychiatric conditions highlighting the role of deviant sensorimotor processing in modulating the models of the Self.

This talk is part of the Zangwill Club series.

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