Unit 1

The individual identity

How do we know who we are when we wake up? How can it be that we are the same person we were yesterday? Apparently, our brain stores information about our identity. This provides continuity to our existence. We have the same knowledge, skills, personality, preferences, and emotional attachments as we did the day before. How do we preserve our identity? And what happens when our identity is threatened, for example because of brain damage or personality disorders? These are some of the questions we will address in this course.  


Prof.dr. Rolf Zwaan is professor in biological psychology and cognitive psychology.