Scientific Understanding of Consciousness
Consciousness as an Emergent Property of Thalamocortical Activity

Altruistic Brain Diagram

(Science  04 Mar 2016: Vol. 351, Issue 6277, pp. 1028-1029)

 

 

 

By eliciting different motives, the same increase in brain activation and in altruistic behavior is observed, but the functional coupling between activated brain regions differs.

Continuous and dashed arrows indicate positive and negative connections, respectively.

Thicker arrows indicate stronger connections.

ACC, anterior cingulate cortex;

AI, anterior insula;

VS, ventral striatum.