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

  title={The trans-species concept of self and the subcortical-cortical midline system.},
  author={Georg Northoff and Jaak Panksepp},
  journal={Trends in cognitive sciences},
  volume={12 7},
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… CONTINUE READING

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