1st Edition

Self-Face Recognition and the Brain How the Neuroscience of Mirror Recognition Has Changed Psychology, Psychiatry, and Evolution

    226 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Self-Face Recognition and the Brain explores a fundamental cornerstone of human consciousness; how recognizing ourselves leads to a better understanding of the brain and higher-order thinking.

    Featuring contributions from an interdisciplinary range of researchers, each chapter provides a unique insight into one aspect of self-face recognition. The book begins by introducing readers to the concept of self-face recognition, covering issues like the mirror-test and whether animals can recognize themselves, before addressing the role of neural correlates and attempts at localizing consciousness. It then discusses various disorders and the impact they can have on self-face recognition before considering how neuroscience can heighten our understanding of the field.

    It will be an essential read for all researchers of self-face recognition, from psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience backgrounds.

    Julian Paul Keenan, Karina Quevedo and William D. Hopkins 
    1. Self-Recognition, Self-Awareness, and Social Intelligence  
    Gordon G. Gallup Jr. and Steven M. Platek  
    2. Self-Face Recognition: From the Ancients to the Scanner 
    Aleksandra Janowska and Robert Lurz  
    3. Cognitive and Neuroanatomical Foundations of Individual Differences in Mirror Self-Recognition in Chimpanzees  
    William D. Hopkins  
    4. Why the Neural Correlates Matter: Evidence for Self-Recognition in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Tested in a Naturalistic Environment
    William Christiana, Sydney Tucker, Amanda Johnson, Claudia Sierzputowski, Tori Zirul and Julian Paul Keenan

    5. The role of von Economo neurons in mediating human social awareness: implications for comparative evolutionary studies  
    Mackenzie Hepker and Chet C. Sherwood 
    6. Self-conscious emotions associated with self-face perception  
    Tomoyo Morita 
    7. Adolescent Depression and Suicide Attempts and the Neurobiology of Self-Processing
    Nikki Ashtiani, Giang Hoang Nguyen, Janani Ranatunga, Nathira Ahmad, Rudy Qamhiyeh and Karina Quevedo

    8. Self-face and self-voice representation: Insights for and from autism  
    Anya Chakraborty, Alexis Lawson and Bhismadev Chakrabarti 
    9. Self-face and brain in schizophrenia and social anxiety disorder  
    Min-Kyeong Kim and Jae-Jin Kim    
    10. How the Enfacement illusion blurs the thin line between self and other
    Ilaria Bufalari, Giuseppina Porciello and Ilaria Minio-Paluello  
    11. The Self-Face: Clinical implications  
    Nathira Ahmad, Anthony Minervini and David Roane


    Julian Paul Keenan, PhD is a Professor in both the Biology and Psychology Departments at Montclair State University and the Director of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory. He has been publishing on the neural correlates of self-face recognition for three decades in journals such as Nature, and is a leader in the field of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. He is the founder of the journal Social Neuroscience and is the leader of the Brains, Equity, and Medicine Program. He lives with family in New Jersey where he raises various animals.

    Karina Quevedo was born in Havana, Cuba where she studied Biochemistry and Psychology. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry in the University of Minnesota Medical Center. She published the first biomarkers of suicide attempts using neuroimaging in adolescents and has published extensively on the topic of self-referential processing using non-invasive neuroimaging methods. She is currently developing neurofeedback and using self-face processing as a potential treatment for suicide risks. She directs the Health and Emotions in Adolescent Trajectories laboratory and is both a licensed psychologist and supervisor. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and grows native Prairie plants to support the migration of Monarch butterflies.

    William D. Hopkins is Professor of Comparative Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has published extensively on the topic of primate cognition and comparative neuroscience, particularly in chimpanzees using non-invasive neuroimaging methods. He co-directs the National Chimpanzee Brain Resource (www.chimpanzeebrain.org) and is currently the Director of the Michale E Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research. He lives with his wife in Bastrop, Texas, and enjoys spending time traveling abroad.