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Brain Struct Funct. 2010 Jun;214(5-6):563-77. doi: 10.1007/s00429-010-0248-y. Epub 2010 May 29.

The sentient self.

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Atkinson Research Laboratory, Barrow Neurological Institute, 350 West Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013, USA. bcraig@chw.edu

Abstract

This article addresses the neuroanatomical evidence for a progression of integrative representations of affective feelings from the body that lead to an ultimate representation of all feelings in the bilateral anterior insulae, or "the sentient self." Evidence for somatotopy in the primary interoceptive sensory cortex is presented, and the organization of the mid-insula and the anterior insula is discussed. Issues that need to be addressed are highlighted. A possible basis for subjectivity in a cinemascopic model of awareness is presented.

PMID:
20512381
DOI:
10.1007/s00429-010-0248-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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