Your Frontal Lobes Don’t Think You’re So Great

frontallobescan2People who think they have better personalities than their peers use their brain’s orbitofrontal cortex less than other people, according to new research from Jennifer Beer, a psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin, that shows how brain activity is linked to self-perception. The orbitofrontal cortex is a part of the frontal lobe that is associated with reasoning, decision making, and problem solving.
According to the findings, some people who viewed themselves in an extremely positive light showed four times less activity in their frontal lobes than did others who had an accurate view of themselves. Beer also found that people tend to think their abilities are above average when they’re asked to evaluate themselves quickly, suggesting that having more time in which we can engage our frontal lobes lets us more deliberately process information and come to more accurate judgments.

Category: Neuroscience


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