2010 IoN News Archive
- Professor Alan Thompson elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
- Michael J. Fox Foundation awards IoN researcher grant to advance Parkinson's research.
- Traces of the past: computer algorithm ‘reads’ memories
- Professor Lees awarded first Lord Brain Memorial Lecture
- Award for Professor Chris Frith
- Professor John Duncan appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator
- Queen Square Symposium success
- IoN brings the scientific method to London primary schools
- Robot trainer to benefit stroke patients
- Researchers to study how the brain 'rewires itself'
- St Peter's Medal for Professor Clare Fowler
- Elections to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships announced
- New website to help stroke survivors learn to read again
- Queen's Birthday Honours
- Brain study reveals that agreement is rewarding
- Wellcome Success
- Win for IoN at Shape of Science Symposium
- Research shows that two heads are better than one
- Lizard venom offers hope for Parkinson’s disease patients
- Epilepsy prizes
- Developing a cell library resource for dementia research
- Stents may double the risk of stroke in patients over 70
- Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure
- IoN scientist lands £329k funding boost from dementia research charity.
- Study results consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain
- Parkinson's UK Fellowship Award
- Award for Professor Lees
- 2010-11 IoN PhD Studentship Round Now Open
- New brain imaging tests to track Huntington’s
- World-leading scientist secures funding for gene research
- Fighter pilots' brains are ‘more sensitive
- Alzheimer’s changes detectable in healthy elderly
- IoN Student wins Santander Formula One Scholarship
- New hope for cluster headache sufferers
- Prestigious European research grant awarded
- New centre brings hope to patients with muscle wasting diseases
- Prestigious stroke program grant awarded
- A role for astrocytes in learning and memory?
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Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure
20 September 2010
Our ability to reflect on our own thoughts, emotions and behaviour is one of the key aspects of consciousness and what makes us human, but the biological basis of this process – known as 'introspection' – has until now been unknown.
Now, researchers at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL (IoN Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience) have identified an area of the brain that is larger in people who are good at introspection, suggesting that this area may play a key role in the process. The study, published in the journal Science, was announced at the British Science Festival in Birmingham.
"We introspect when we think about our own thoughts, feelings or the decisions we have made," says Steve Fleming, joint first author of the study. "It's something we do all the time, but some people are better at it than others. Even if we don't get feedback when we make a choice, we often know intuitively if it's a good or a bad decision."
"We found a correlation between introspective ability and the structure of a small area of prefrontal cortex near the front of the brain" explains Professor Rees. "The better a person was at introspection, the more grey matter they had in this area. The same was true for the white matter or nerve connections in this area.
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reference >> Relating Introspective Accuracy to Individual Differences in Brain Structure. Stephen M. Fleming, Rimona S. Weil, Zoltan Nagy, Raymond J. Dolan, and Geraint Rees. Science 17 September 2010 329: 1541-1543 [DOI: 10.1126/science.1191883
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