Émergence du moi cérébral de Theodor Meynert à Antonio Damasio

Translated title of the contribution: Emergence of the cerebral self, from Theodor Meynert to Antonio Damasio

M. Arminjon, F. Ansermet*, P. Magistretti

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Antonio Damasio's works have brought emotions into line with current trends in neuroscience. They are conceived as the addition, to a perception, of the somatic effects it has induced. Nevertheless, this continuous and relatively steady process of body perception has also led to the less-known hypothesis of the "neural self." Behind the explicit and apparently contradictory reference to William James and Sigmund Freud, there lies a common source: Theodor Meynert's conception of a "cortical self." Our aim is to enlight a stream unified around what we call here "cerebral self." The Self is thus considered as the cerebral projection or presentation of the body. The specificity of this notion is particularly highlighted by its confrontation to the closely, yet disembodied, notion of "cerebral subject."

Translated title of the contributionEmergence of the cerebral self, from Theodor Meynert to Antonio Damasio
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)153-161
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Body
  • Cerebral self
  • Cerebral subject
  • Emotions
  • Representation
  • Sensorimotor cortices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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