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People are motivated to hold favorable views of themselves, which manifests as a positivity bias when evaluating their own performance and abilities. However, it remains an open question whether positive affect is an essential component of people's self-concept. Prior functional neuroimaging research demonstrated that similar regions of the brain support positive affect and self-referential processing, although a direct test of their shared representation has yet to be examined. Here we usedoi:10.1093/cercor/bhw302 pmid:27664966 fatcat:r6fwsou7bjfvfpsxmvztzha57i