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Self-recognition and the right hemisphere

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Although monkeys can perceive complex stimuli such as faces1, only the higher apes are capable of recognizing their own face in a mirror2. Here we show that in humans the right hemisphere of the brain seems to be preferentially involved in self-face recognition. Our findings indicate that neural substrates of the right hemisphere may selectively participate in processes linked to self-awareness.

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  1. Department of Neurology, Behavioral Neurology Unit, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, 02215, Massachusetts, USA

    • Julian Paul Keenan
    • , Margaret O'Connor
    •  & Alvaro Pascual-Leone
  2. Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Department of Behavioral Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, 02115, Massachusetts, USA

    • Aaron Nelson


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