The trans-species concept of self and the subcortical-cortical midline system

Georg Northoff, Jaak Panksepp

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The nature of the self has been one of the central problems in philosophy and most recently in neuroscience. Here, we suggest that animals and humans share a 'core self' represented in homologous underlying neural networks. We argue that the core self might be constituted by an integrative neuronal mechanism that enables self-related processing (SRP). Because mammalian organisms are capable of relating bodily states, intrinsic brain states (e.g. basic attentional, emotional and motivational systems) and environmental stimuli to various life-supporting goal-orientations, SRP appears to be a core ability preserved across numerous species. Recent data suggest that SRP is operating via a central integrative neural system made up of subcortical-cortical midline structures (SCMSs), that are homologous across mammalian species.
頁(從 - 到)259-264
期刊Trends in Cognitive Sciences
出版狀態已發佈 - 7月 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 認知神經科學


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