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22 Figure 3B: Brain mechanisms of self-location and first-person perspective Location of brain activity during experimentally-induced changes in self-location and the experienced direction of the first-person perspective (grey area) and location of brain ­damage associated with neurologically-induced changes in self-location and the experienc­ ed direction of the first-person perspective in patients suffering from out-of-body experiences (black area). Note the anatomical proximity of these clinically and experimentally defined brain mechanisms of bodily self-consciousness at the right temporo-parietal junction ­(reproduced with permission from Ionta et al., 2011). in visuo-vestibular integration33-36 , subjects with OBEs and so-called ­inversion illusions. More work on visuo-vestibular integration and its ­relevance for bodily self-consciousness is ongoing. Conclusions The «I» of conscious experience is one of the most astonishing features of the human mind. The reviewed neuroscientific investigations of self- identification, self-location and first-person perspective have described some of the multisensory brain processes that may give rise to bodily self-consciousness.As argued elsewhere1 , these three aspects are the nec- essary constituents of the simplest form of self-consciousness that arises when the brain encodes the origin of the first-person perspective from within a spatial frame of reference (i.e. self-location) associated with ­self-identification. The present data highlight the primary role of the tem-

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