"You always feel like you are yourself. When you got up this morning and looked in the mirror, you weren't surprised by what you detected in the mirror. It was yourself. You immediately recognize yourself," Northoff said.
That complex experience of being 'you' is a feeling that is unique to every individual, but that sense of being special is rooted in brain chemistry and neuronal wiring that neuroscientists are just beginning to understand.
Northoff explains it this way: If you see a picture of the town where you live, a particular area of the brain will become active, especially an area in the middle of the brain, the cortical midline structure. But if you see a picture of another town, with no special personal relevance, the cortical midline structure does not become active.
In other words, researchers believe they now know what the brain looks like when it recognizes 'home.'
Worth checking out the full article,
Edited by jugoso, 04 January 2013 - 12:43 PM.