Lecture 4 April 11, 2013 _Self Awareness_ 3-per-page

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Unformatted text preview: my job’. 18 General Knowledge: ‘Ten seconds is more than a minute’ and ‘You need water to live’. 6 The Brain 19 Midsagittal view of each participant showing prefrontal activation during self-reflective thought Johnson, S. C. et al. Brain 2002 125:1808-1814; doi:10.1093/brain/awf181 Mirror neuron activate in response to other people Marco Iacoboni Mirror Neurons also occurs when an animal mirrors behavior of another animal A mirror neuron is a neuron which fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another (especially conspecific) animal. Thus, the neuron "mirrors" the behavior of another animal, as though the observer were itself acting. 21 7 Mirror neuron theory of self: The Neurology of Self-Awareness take the perspective of another person Mirror neuron theory of self: – Self awareness is simply using mirror neurons for "looking at myself as if someone else is look at me" (the word "me" encompassing some of my brain processes, as well). – The mirror neuron mechanism — the same algorithm — that originally evolved to help you adopt another's point of view was turned inward to look at your own self. V.S. RAMACHANDRAN, a neuroscientist, is Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego; Author, A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness, and coauthor, Phantoms in the Brain. 22 8...
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