Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?


Humans have long viewed themselves in a favorable light. This bias is consistent with a general pattern of self-enhancement. Neural systems in the medial prefrontal cortex underlie this way of thinking, which, even when false, may be beneficial for survival. It is hence not surprising that we often disregard contrary evidence in believing ourselves superior.

Author Biography

Matthew J. Criscione, member of the Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at Montclair State, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science. He has published work in health physiology and self-face recognition in narcissism. Website

Julian Paul Keenan, Director, Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory, and Professor, Biology and Psychology, Montclair State University, studies the neural correlates of self-awareness. Founder of the journal Social Neuroscience and author and editor of 10 books, his current research is on the brain and self in deception. Website