This week’s Science News has a cover article on the neural basis of the sense of self, which they’ve kindly published online in full.
The article also discusses how the concept of self can breakdown after brain injury or during mental illness. For example, some people diagnosed with schizophrenia have the experience that they are being controlled by outside forces.
In addition to the article, there was a recent edition WNYC’s Radio Lab that covered similar ground, as noted in a previous post on Mind Hacks.
Link to article ‘Self-Serve Brains’ from Science News.