May 04 2012

The New York Times: "A Small Part of the Brain and its Profound Effects"

Is the insular cortex the neural correlate of consciousness?

“Rapidly accumulating evidence indicates that this area of the brain is uniquely involved in virtually every human emotion and behavior,” says Dr. Craig, of the Barrow Institute, a globally famous researcher studying the insular cortex. What is clear from the mounting evidence is that, “The mind and body are integrated in the insula.”

What does that mean exactly?

The insular cortex is the place in the brain that translates incoming signals into a meaningful context. The insular cortex fires when we sense our own hearts beating or when we swallow. The anterior insula registers a smell as disgusting or delightful. Our addictions, habits and emotional responses all depend on the functioning of this tiny part of the limbic system.

From the NYT article, “The frontal insula is where people sense love and hate, gratitude and resentment, self-confidence and embarrassment, trust and distrust, empathy and contempt, approval and disdain, pride and humiliation, truthfulness and deception, atonement and guilt. ”

for more on this topic, link here.

Lou Beach
read NYT, A small part of the brain and its profound effects

 

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