2008). Accordingly, we cannot tell if the brain regions depicted in this study are involved in the development of these patients’ behavioral disorders. First-versus third-person perspective taking and self-awareness Previous studies suggest that MG-132 supplier patients who are impaired in updating their socioemotional self-knowledge are more likely to rely on outdated premorbid self-knowledge (Rankin et al. 2005). Our findings support this hypothesis. Self-ratings of bvFTD and svPPA patients closely mirrored their premorbid levels of empathic concern as reported by an informant. Similar findings, reflecting impaired updating Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical of
one’s socioemotional self-knowledge, were reported by Ruby et al. (2007) who asked bvFTD patients for their Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical emotional reactions
in social interactions. Failure to update socioemotional self-knowledge, commonly associated with right-lateralized lesions of the anterior temporal lobes (Olson et al. 2013), may negatively affect one’s socioemotional self-awareness (Conway 2005; Spreng and Mar 2012). Updating Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical is partly based on feedback from the environment, which provides new information that can be used to adjust one’s outdated self-knowledge. Thus, one’s capacity to understand another person’s thoughts and feelings likely underpins accurate socioemotional self-awareness, which is shaped in part by the opinion other people hold about one’s own behavior in social settings (third-person perspective taking) (Ruby et al. 2007). The lack of susceptibility Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical to external social inputs caused by impaired third-person perspective taking could prevent individuals from adjusting their first-person perspective. In this case, the underlying neural systems for knowing self and knowing other are likely to show substantial overlap. Support for a link between first-person and third-person perspective taking comes from functional neuroimaging studies in healthy
Inhibitors,research,lifescience,medical subjects, showing vastly shared neural representations of self and other (Legrand and Ruby 2009). Moreover, there is also a link between third-person perspective taking and semantic knowledge. Third-person perspective taking draws upon one’s semantic knowledge of the other persons’ characteristics and one’s self (Spreng and Mar 2012). Accordingly, the temporal poles, which have been associated with semantic knowledge (Binney et al. 2010), are part of the cerebral network commonly recruited in perspective-taking tasks in healthy individuals (Legrand Cediranib (AZD2171) and Ruby 2009). In this study, atrophy in the right > left temporal pole predicted overestimation of one’s empathic concern. Moreover, these brain regions partially overlapped with the neural correlates of affective perspective taking, supporting the hypothesis that similar systems underpin one’s capacity to take perspective on another person and on oneself (Ruby et al. 2007), and consequently mediate the accuracy of one’s self-awareness.