Journal article

Mapping the self in the brain's default mode network

Christopher G Davey, Jesus Pujol, Ben J Harrison



The brain's default mode network (DMN) has become closely associated with self-referential mental activity, particularly in the resting-state. While the DMN is important for such processes, it has functions other than self-reference, and self-referential processes are supported by regions outside of the DMN. In our study of 88 participants, we examined self-referential and resting-state processes to clarify the extent to which DMN activity was common and distinct between the conditions. Within areas commonly activated by self-reference and rest we sought to identify those that showed additional functional specialization for self-referential processes: these being not only activated by self-r..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) Project Grant (1064643; Principal Investigator, BJH). CGD was supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1061757). We thank R. Kerestes and K. Stephanou for their contributions to data collection, as well as staff from the Sunshine Hospital Medical Imaging Department (Western Health, Melbourne).