The helmet of revealing research is a fascinating research study, published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, that provides the first quantitative evidence that the brain is capable of higher levels of self-awareness. This study, conducted on the University of Oxford’s neuroscience department’s human-computer interaction lab, reveals that there is a single, central brain structure that is the site of conscious self-awareness.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Robert Miller, has written papers on the topic of self-awareness, so there are definitely some interesting research points there. The researchers tested whether people can consciously know about themselves, and, more importantly, whether they could be aware of their own thoughts, feelings, and actions. They found that after participants read a short story, they were able to consciously know “who they are” in the way that they could identify themselves by using words.