Dr. Alain Morin got his Ph.D from Laval University in 1992. Between 1991 and 2001 he taught various courses and conducted research in a host of Canadian universities and colleges in the Maritimes (e.g., St. Francis Xavier University, Acadia University) and Québec (e.g., Université de Montréal, CEGEP de Rivière-du-Loup). Now at Mount Royal University in Calgary, he teaches Theories of Personality, Social Cognition, and The Self. His field of expertise is self-awareness, more specifically: its cognitive underlying
mechanisms with an emphasis on inner speech. Morin publishes scientific papers in journals such as Consciousness &
Cognition, Cortex, Brain & Behavioral Sciences, Brain Research Bulletin, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal of Mind and Behavior, and Science & Consciousness Review. His most recent contribution is a meta-analysis of brain-imaging studies using self-tasks in relation to left inferior frontal gyrus activation (the brain area that sustains inner speech). He also recently published a book
chapter entitled “What are animals conscious of?” Morin is currently working on individual differences in inner speech, personality, psychopathology, and cognition. Other research interests include self-recognition, the localization of the self in the brain, the split-brain phenomenon, neurophilosophy, fame and self-destruction, and the antecedents of self-consciousness.
- Person Perception
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
- Morin, A. (2011). Self-awareness Part 1: Definitions, measures, effects, functions, and antecedents. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5/10, 807-823.
- Morin, A. (2011). Self-awareness Part 2: Neuroanatomy and importance of inner speech. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2/12, 1004-1012.
- Morin, A. (2010). Self-recognition, theory-of-mind, and self-awareness: What side are you on? Laterality, 16(3), 367-383.
- Morin, A. (2009). Self-awareness deficits following loss of inner speech: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s case study. Consciousness and Cognition, 18(2), 524-529.
- Morin, A. (2007). Self-awareness and the left hemisphere: The dark side of selectively reviewing the literature. Cortex, 8, 1068-1073.
- Morin, A. (2006). Levels of consciousness and self-awareness: A comparison and integration of various neurocognitive views. Consciousness and Cognition, 15(2), 358-371.
- Morin, A. (2005). Possible links between self-awareness and inner speech: Theoretical background, underlying mechanisms, and empirical evidence. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 12(4-5), 115-134.
- Morin, A. (2004). A neurocognitive and socioecological model of self-awareness. Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs, 130(3), 197-222.
- Morin, A. (2003). Let's face it. A review of Keenan, Gallup, & Falk's book "The Face in the Mirror." Evolutionary Psychology, 1, 161-171.
- Morin, A. (2002). Right hemispheric self-awareness: A critical assessment. Consciousness and Cognition, 11(3), 396-401.
- Morin, A. (2000, March). History of exposure to audiences as a developmental antecedent of public self-consciousness. Current Research in Social Psychology [Electronic journal], 5(3), 33-46.
- Morin, A. (1995). Characteristics of an effective internal dialogue in the acquisition of self-information. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 15(1), 45-58.
- Morin, A. (1993). Self-talk and self-awareness: On the nature of the relation. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 14(3), 223-234.
- Morin, A., & Craig, L. (2000, July). Self-awareness, self-esteem, and alcohol use in famous and relatively well-known individuals. Current Research in Social Psychology [Electronic journal], 5(16), 236-253.
- Morin, A., & Hamper, B. (2012). Self-reflection and the inner voice: Activation of the left inferior frontal gyrus during perceptual and conceptual self-referential thinking. The Open NeuroImaging Journal, 6, 78-89.
- Morin, A., & Michaud, J. (2007). Self-awareness and the left inferior frontal gyrus: Inner speech use during self-related processing. Brain Research Bulletin, 74(6), 387-396.
- Morin, A. & Uttl, B. (2013). Inner speech: A window into consciousness. The Neuropsychotherapist, doi: 10.12744/tnpt.14.04.2013.01.
- Morin, A., Uttl, B., & Hamper, B. (2011). Self-reported frequency, content, and functions of inner speech. Procedia--Social and Behavioral Journal, 30, 1714-1718.
- Uttl, B., Morin, A., & Hamper, B. (2011). Are inner speech self-report questionnaires reliable and valid? Procedia-Social and Behavioral Journal, 30, 1719-1723.
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