Watching the brain \'switch off\' self-awareness

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Watching the brain 'switch off' self-awareness

Your self-awareness shuts down when you concentrate on something.
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Everybody has experienced a sense of losing oneselfin an activity being totally absorbed in a task, a movie or sex. Now researchers have caught the brain in the act.

Self-awareness, regarded as a key element of being human, is switched off when the brain needs to concentrate hard on a tricky task, found the neurobiologists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel.

The team conducted a series of experiments to pinpoint the brain activity associated with introspection and that linked to sensory function.

They found that the brain assumes a robotic functionality when it has to concentrate all its efforts on a difficult, timed task only becoming "human" again when it has the luxury of time.

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By YCON: posted on 20-4-2006








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