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The Interoceptive Mind: From Homeostasis to Awareness

Manos Tsakiris and Helena De Preester


This volume focuses on the role of interoception for mental life and lived experience, from the perspectives of neurosciences, psychological sciences, and philosophy. Interoception is the body-to-brain axis of signals originating from the internal body and visceral organs (such as gastrointestinal, respiratory, hormonal, and circulatory systems), and plays a unique role in ensuring homeostasis. This volume goes beyond the traditional role of interoception for homeostasis and offers a state-of-the-art overview of and new insights into the role of interoception for mental life, awareness, subjec ... More

Keywords: interception, awareness, subjectivity, embodiment, affect, mental health, mental well-being, visceral, cognition, homeostasis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811930
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Manos Tsakiris, editor
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London, UK

Helena De Preester, editor
Professor of Philosophy, School of Arts, University College Ghent & Department of Philosophy and Moral Science, Ghent University, Belgium

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Part I Introduction

Chapter 1 Interoception and the autonomic nervous system: Bottom-up meets top-down

Gary G. Berntson, Peter J. Gianaros, and Manos Tsakiris

Part II Mentalizing interoception: Advances and challenges

Chapter 3 Interoceptive signals, brain dynamics, and subjectivity

Mariana Babo-Rebelo and Catherine Tallon-Baudry

Chapter 5 The neurobiology of gut feelings

Qasim Aziz and James K. Ruffle

Part III From health to disease: Interoception in physical and mental health

Chapter 7 Interoception and emotion: Shared mechanisms and clinical implications

Lisa Quadt, Hugo D. Critchley, and Sarah N. Garfinkel

Chapter 8 The somatic error hypothesis of anxiety

Sahib S. Khalsa and Justin S. Feinstein

Chapter 10 Cardiac interoception in neurological conditions and its relevance for dimensional approaches

Adrián Yoris, Adolfo M. García, Paula Celeste Salamone, Lucas Sedeño, Indira García-Cordero, and Agustín Ibáñez

Chapter 11 Interoception, categorization, and symptom perception

Omer Van den Bergh, Nadia Zacharioudakis, and Sibylle Petersen

Chapter 12 Interoceptive appraisal and mental health

Norman A. S. Farb and Kyle Logie

Part IV Toward a philosophy of interoception: Subjectivity and experience