Subcortical regions and the self

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Merker argues that subcortical regions are sufficient for the constitution of consciousness as "immediate, unreflective experience" as distinguished from self-consciousness. My point here is that Merker neglects the differentiation between pre-reflective self-awareness and reflective self-consciousness. Pre-reflective self-awareness allows us to immediately and unreflectively experience our self, which functionally may be mediated by what I call self-related processing in subcortical regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-101
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • General Neuroscience
  • General Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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