Right hemispheric self-awareness: A critical assessment

Consciousness and Cognition 11 (3):396-401 (2002)

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Alain Morin
Mount Royal University
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In this commentaryI evaluate the claim made byKeenan, Nelson, OÕConnor, and Pascual-Leone (2001) that since self-recognition results from right hemispheric activity, self-awareness too is likely to be produced by the activity of the same hemisphere. This reasoning is based on the assumption that self-recognition represents a valid operationalization of self-awareness; I present two views that challenge this rationale. Keenan et al. also support their claim with published evidence relating brain activityand self-awareness; I closelyexamine their analysis of one specific review of literature and conclude that it appears to be biased. Finally, recent research suggests that inner speech (which is associated with left hemispheric activity) is linked to self-awareness—an observation that further casts doubt on the existence of a right hemispheric self-awareness. Ó 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved
Keywords *Cerebral Dominance  *Face Perception  *Right Hemisphere  Anesthesiology
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DOI 10.1016/s1053-8100(02)00009-0
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