Volume 1001, Issue 1 p. 253-261

Feelings of Emotion and the Self


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Department of Neurology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa 52242, USA

Address for correspondence: Dr. Antonio Damasio, Department of Neurology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242-1053. Voice: 319-356-4296; fax: 319-353-6277. [email protected]Search for more papers by this author
First published: 24 January 2006
Citations: 236

Note: This text is based on the transcript of an audiotaped presentation.


Abstract: The self is a critical component of consciousness. The neural correlates of self have proven elusive, but it is reasonable to suggest that, in its simplest form, the self process requires a composite representation of the ongoing state of the organism as reflected in subcortical and cortical somatic maps within the central nervous system. The basis for these maps is a wealth of signals originating in different sectors of the body-proper. Some of these signals portray the actual state of the body as modified by emotions in response to interactions with the environment; but other signals are the result of internal simulations controlled from other regions of the central nervous system.