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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


GOMEZ TOLON, Jesús  and  CARRERAS GARGALLO, Alberto. Neurogenesis and the modular structure of consciousness. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2003, n.88, pp.91-107. ISSN 2340-2733.

This paper aims to explain the neurological genesis of our subjectivity, the path we follow until we can see ourselves as subjects of our acts and thoughts, forming an increasingly more accurate and extensive idea of ourselves. We consider that a lot of current work and theories on consciousness come up against insoluble problems because they do not have this genetic view, forgetting that when we are born we do not have any subjectivity or consciousness. This article therefore intends to show that it is possible to reach subjective feelings -perceptible and describable only in the first person- from neurological impersonal phenomena which later produce the mental subject. Throughout the article we deal with both psychological processes which form the basis of consciousness as well as the neuronal systems involved in them. In the end consciousness appears as a result of the unitary coordination of different neurological systems or modules.

Keywords : Consciousness; subjectivity; self; neurogenesis.

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