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Findings on Brain and Cognition Reported by Investigators at University of Ottawa

June 23, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pain & Central Nervous System Week -- New research on Neurology is the subject of a report. According to news originating from Ottawa, Canada, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Understanding the mechanisms involved in perception and conception of oneself is a fundamental psychological topic with high relevance for psychiatric and neurological issues, and it is one of the great challenges in neuroscientific research. The paradigmatic single-case study presented here aimed to investigate different components of self- and other-processes and to elucidate corresponding neurobiological underpinnings."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Ottawa, "An eminent professional opera singer with profound performance experience has undergone functional magnetic resonance imaging and was exposed to excerpts of Mozart arias, sung by herself or another singer. The results indicate a distinction between self- and other conditions in cortical midline structures, differentially involved in self-related and self-referential processing."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This lends further support to the assumption of cortical midline structures being involved in the neural processing of self-specific stimuli and also confirms the power of single case studies as a research tool."

For more information on this research see: Self processing in the brain: A paradigmatic fMRI case study with a professional singer. Brain and Cognition, 2014;87():104-108. Brain and Cognition can be contacted at: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA. (Elsevier -; Brain and Cognition -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Y. Zaytseva, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Additional authors for this research include E. Gutyrchik, Y. Bao, E. Poppel, S.H. Han, G. Northoff, L. Welker, T. Meindl and J. Blautzik (see also Neurology).

Keywords for this news article include: Ottawa, Canada, Ontario, Neurology, North and Central America

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