Is temporal continuity shared by the brain and self? A combined behavioral-EEG study

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Smith, David




The mechanisms connecting brain activity to mental features such as the self have long been of interest in both philosophy and neuroscience. Recently, the "common currency" hypothesis has suggested that the transformation from neural to mental activity presupposes an underlying temporospatial feature shared between them. The current study tests the validity of this theory by exploring temporal continuity as a connecting mechanism across EEG and behavioral timeseries during self- and non-self-referential processing. Select measures of temporal continuity exhibited larger values in the self-condition for both EEG and behavior; however, there was no 1:1 correspondence between the two modalities. Together, our data show the utility of the common currency hypothesis but, at the same time, the need for more granular specification in the future.






Carleton University

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Cognitive Science

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