Physiological differences in brain structure

Brain region linked to introspection

WASHINGTON — New research has uncovered a part of the brain that is larger in people who seem particularly introspective.

Some people know their minds better than others, and research being reported Friday is a step at understanding the biology behind that important part of human consciousness.

Brain region linked to introspection

Insular Cortex
Prefrontal cortex

The team then performed structural and functional MRI scans on the two different groups to compare the volume of different regions of their brains.

What they found was that participants who were highly lucid during dreams had larger anterior prefrontal cortexes, which is the region of the brain that controls conscious cognitive processes and plays an important role in our ability to self reflect.

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larger anterior prefrontal cortexes, which is the region of the brain that controls conscious cognitive processes and plays an important role in our ability to self reflect

larger anterior prefrontal cortexes