The Lost Self: Pathologies of the Brain and Identity. Todd E.
Feinberg and Julian Paul Keenan (Eds.). 2005. New York: Oxford University
Press, 275 pp., $49.95 (HB).
The recent emergence of the field of social cognitive neuroscience has
been accompanied by an increasing number of studies aimed at uncovering
the neurobiological basis of the self. For instance, several studies have
now been published using functional neuroimaging to uncover neural
responses to self-related processing in healthy subjects. Complementing
this approach, important insights regarding the brain and the self can be
obtained from studying neurological and psychiatric conditions that affect
the self. Examples of such conditions are frontal lobe impairment,
autobiographical disorders, dissociative disorders, schizophrenia, and
autism. The Lost Self, edited by Todd E. Feinberg and Julian Paul
Keenan, addresses both types of research endeavors. The reader gets even
more: a perspective from philosophy and a first-person account.