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The Roots of Cognitive NeuroscienceBehavioral Neurology and Neuropsychology$
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Anjan Chatterjee and H. Branch Coslett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395549.001.0001

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The Neuropathologies of the Self

The Neuropathologies of the Self

(p.237) Chapter 11 The Neuropathologies of the Self
The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience

Todd E. Feinberg

Oxford University Press

The neuropathologies of the self (NPS) include disorders of the bodily self, the relational self and the narrative self. The author describes here several of the more common NPS including anosognosia for hemiplegia, asomatognosia, somatoparaphrenia, delusional misidentification of the self in the mirror, and personal confabulation. He analyzes these disorders within a hierarchical, four tiered model, and relate them to a developmental hierarchy of defensive, adaptive and motivational operations. Within the context of Ego Dysequilibrium Theory, he considers especially the high frequency of right frontal lobe pathology in these conditions especially regarding on the contributions of the right frontal regions to self monitoring and the integration of the self. Finally, he considers how these relate to psychological defense and ego functions in general and explore the implications of these findings for our understanding of the neuroscience of the self.

Keywords:   self, ego functions, ego disequilibrium theory, anosognosia, somatoparaphrenia, delusional misidentification, psychological defense

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