Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Emotional-cognitive integration, the self, and cortical midline structures

Georg Northoff a1
a1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Magdeburg, 39120 Magdeburg, Germany [email protected]


Lewis discusses the dynamic mechanisms of emotional-cognitive integration. I argue that he neglects the self and its neural correlate. The self can be characterized as an emotional-cognitive unity, which may be accounted for by the interplay between anterior and posterior medial cortical regions. I propose that these regions form an anatomical, physiological, and psychological unity, the cortical midline structures (CMSs).