ISSN 1671-3710
CN 11-4766/R

›› 2011, Vol. 19 ›› Issue (9): 1319-1327.

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Role of the Right or the Left Hemisphere? Dispute on Neural Mechanism of Self-awareness

CHENG Lei;CHEN Xu-Hai;HUANG Xi-Ting   

  1. (1 School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China)
    (2 School of Psychology, Shanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China)
  • Received:2011-03-30 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2011-09-15 Published:2011-09-15
  • Contact: HUANG Xi-Ting

Abstract: Self-awareness refers to the inner subjective state of individual when he is aware of himself. Almost all tasks involved self may arouse self-awareness. Due to its complexity, there remain many disputes about the neural mechanism of self-awareness. The researches of neural mechanism proceed from cognitive neuropsychiatry and neural imaging. Many researches find that self-awareness activates the right hemisphere. Furthermore, some high-level tasks involve with inner speech activate the left hemisphere. Nowadays, more researchers consider the cortical middle structure plays important role in self-awareness. Specific tasks relate to self-awareness and social background should be paid more attention in the future study.

Key words: self-awareness, neural mechanism, CMS, cognitive neuroscience