The Neural Self
Personal accounts from patients and many streams of research report that individuals with psychosis often loose clear boundaries between self and the world around them. This loss of self-agency may be related to treatment features such as hope and how active patients are in their own treatment, and may also affect how they interact with others.
Self-referential thought (thinking about yourself) has been linked to different patterns of brain wave activity (EEG) in those who are expert meditators and in those with clinical disorders associated with rumination. We are currently investigating whether impaired self-referential thinking is related to social functioning, empathy, perceptual disturbances, cognition and patterns of brainwave activity in those with psychosis.