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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on September 20, 2010

New research suggests a particular area of the brain appears to be larger in individuals who are good at turning their thoughts inward and reflecting upon their decisions.

This act of introspection — or “thinking about your thinking” — is a key aspect of human consciousness, though scientists have noted plenty of variation in people’s abilities to introspect.

In light of their findings, this team of researchers, led by Prof. Geraint Rees from University College London, suggests that the volume of gray matter in the anterior prefrontal cortex of the brain, which lies right behind our eyes, is a strong indicator of a person’s introspective ability.

Furthermore, they say the structure of white matter connected to this area is also linked to this process of introspection.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/09/20/brain-region-linked-to-introspective-thoughts/18434.html



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