The self-relevance system. A commentary on Humphrey’s & Sui (2015)

Martin Conway, Emmanuel Pothos, David Turk

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We suggest that the Self Attention Network (SAN) maybe part of a larger selfregulatory
system, which we term the Self-Relevance System (SRS) of which the
‘core’ or default network is a major part. It is within the core network that memories
are generated and the future imagined. Such memories and imaginings are the basis of
preoccupations. Within the SRS then preoccupations drive the emergence of
attentional biases (ABs). ABs in turn are modulated by the SAN activating and
inhibiting circuits that shape behaviour. We consider briefly how this might function
in dysfunctional appetitive behaviours, e.g. substance abuse.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCognitive Neuroscience
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2015

Structured keywords

  • Cognitive Science


  • self
  • attention
  • memory

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