[MaFLa] invitation to a talk on`Feeling yourself - Depersonalization disorder and self awareness`- Tuesday, 14 October, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412

Laszlo Kajtar lkajtar at gmail.com
Mon Oct 13 10:56:46 CEST 2014


The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to a talk

(as part of its Departmental Colloquium series)



by

*Philip Gerrans* (University of Adelaide)



on

*`Feeling yourself - Depersonalization disorder and self awareness`*



Tuesday, 14 October 2014, 5.30 PM, Zrinyi 14, Room 412



*ABSTRACT*

I use evidence from psychiatric disorders involving the experience of
depersonalisation to decompose the causal and cognitive structure of
experiences reported as self-awareness.  I combine insights from predictive
coding theory and the appraisal theory of emotion to explain the
association between hypoactivity in the Anterior Insula Cortex and
depersonalization. This resolves a puzzle for some theories raised by the
fact that reduced affective response in depersonalization is associated
with normal interoception and activity in Posterior Insula Cortex. It also
elegantly accounts for the role of anxiety in depersonalisation via the
role of attention in predictive coding theories.

I consider whether and how this type of explanation is relevant to
philosophical theories of the nature of self-awareness.

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Füstös, J., K. Gramann, et al. (2013). "On the embodiment of emotion
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Garfinkel, S. N. and H. D. Critchley (2013). "Interoception, emotion and
brain: new insights link internal physiology to social behavior." *Social
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Medford, N. (2012). "Emotion and the unreal self: depersonalization
disorder and de-affectualization." *Emotion Review* *4*(2): 139-144.

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László Kajtár

Ph.D. Candidate

Central European University

Department of Philosophy
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