Brain connections underlying accurate introspection revealed

Brain connections underlying accurate introspection revealed

  • The human mind is not only capable of cognition and registering experiences but also of being introspectively aware of these processes. Until now, scientists have not known if such introspection was a single skill or dependent on the object of reflection. Also unclear was whether the brain housed a single system for reflecting on experience or required multiple systems to support different types of introspection.

  • the ability to accurately reflect on perceptual experience and the ability to accurately reflect on memories were uncorrelated, suggesting that they are distinct introspective skills. The findings appear in the Journal of Neuroscience.

  • you can be good at reflecting on your memory but poor at reflecting on your perception, or vice versa.

  • the ability to accurately reflect on perception is associated with enhanced connectivity between the lateral region of the anterior prefrontal cortex and the anterior cingulate, a region involved in coding uncertainty and errors of performance.

  • we’re now beginning to drill down and see how different types of introspection are actually housed in the real human brain,"

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