How is our self altered in psychiatric disorders? A neurophenomenal approach to psychopathological symptoms

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The self is central in our experience and has often been assumed to be necessary for any kind of consciousness in philosophy. Recent investigations in neuroscience demonstrate a particular set of regions such as the cortical midline regions to be associated with the processing of stimuli specifically related to the self as distinguished from those remaining unrelated to the self. Furthermore, findings show a close overlap between self-related activity and high levels of resting state activity in especially anterior midline regions. Interestingly, recent findings in psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia show resting state abnormalities in exactly these regions, that is in the cortical midline structures. Based on phenomenal and neural observations, I here suggest a neurophenomenal approach that directly links neuronal and phenomenal features (without sandwiching cognitive or sensorimotor functions) to psychopathological symptoms of self in depression and schizophrenia. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-376
Number of pages12
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Consciousness
  • Cortical midline region
  • Stimulus processing
  • adult
  • brain cortex
  • consciousness
  • depression
  • human
  • major depression
  • male
  • mental disease
  • pathology
  • pathophysiology
  • psychology
  • schizophrenia
  • self concept
  • Adult
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychopathology
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophrenic Psychology
  • Self Concept

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