The eyes of a Palestinian woman behind the veil shown in photo taken at a demonstration in Rafah on January 17, 2004 . A particular region of the brain, just behind the eyes, seems to be more developed in people with a greater capacity for introspection, a British study published Thursday in the U.S..

The eyes of a Palestinian woman behind the veil shown in photo taken at a demonstration in Rafah on January 17, 2004 . A particular region of the brain, just behind the eyes, seems to be more developed in people with a greater capacity for introspection, a British study published Thursday in the U.S..

A particular region of the brain, just behind the eyes, seems to be more developed in people with a greater capacity for introspection, a British study published Thursday in the U.S..

The researchers reached this conclusion after carrying out a group of 32 healthy people to a test to assess their degree of confidence in their answers to questions.

Then examined the brains of participants with the help of a magnetic resonance imaging .

The authors of the research carried out by Professor Geraint Rees of University College London , concluded that the volume of gray matter in the anterior forebrain wolf is an important indicator of the ability to reflect on itself the person.

This part of the brain is the seat of higher cognitive functions such as language, working memory and reasoning.

It is also one of the brain areas that experienced the greatest development during the evolution of the hominid primates .

In the future, this discovery could help neuroscientists better understand how certain brain injuries affect the ability of an individual to reflect on their own thoughts and actions, consider the authors of the study published in the journal Science on September 17 .

This understanding could lead to the development of targeted therapies for victims of stroke or who have suffered a major brain injury and therefore can not understand their condition.