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The Interoceptive MindFrom Homeostasis to Awareness$
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Manos Tsakiris and Helena De Preester

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198811930

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198811930.001.0001

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Allostasis, interoception, and the free energy principle: Feeling our way forward

Allostasis, interoception, and the free energy principle: Feeling our way forward

(p.272) Chapter 15 Allostasis, interoception, and the free energy principle: Feeling our way forward
The Interoceptive Mind

Andrew W. Corcoran

Jakob Hohwy

Oxford University Press

Interoceptive processing is commonly understood in terms of the monitoring and representation of the body’s current physiological (i.e. homeostatic) status, with aversive sensory experiences encoding some impending threat to tissue viability. However, claims that homeostasis fails to fully account for the sophisticated regulatory dynamics observed in complex organisms have led some theorists to incorporate predictive (i.e. allostatic) regulatory mechanisms within broader accounts of interoceptive processing. Critically, these frameworks invoke diverse—and potentially mutually inconsistent—interpretations of the role allostasis plays in the scheme of biological regulation. This chapter argues in favor of a moderate, reconciliatory position in which homeostasis and allostasis are conceived as equally vital (but functionally distinct) modes of physiological control. It explores the implications of this interpretation for free energy-based accounts of interoceptive inference, advocating a similarly complementary (and hierarchical) view of homeostatic and allostatic processing.

Keywords:   allostasis, homeostasis, interoception, free energy principle, prediction error minimization, biological regulation

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