Interoceptive inference, emotion, and the embodied self

Seth, Anil K (2013) Interoceptive inference, emotion, and the embodied self. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17 (11). pp. 565-573. ISSN 13646613

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Abstract

The concept of the brain as a prediction machine has enjoyed a resurgence in the context of the Bayesian brain and predictive coding approaches within cognitive science. To date, this perspective has been applied primarily to exteroceptive perception (e.g., vision, audition), and action. Here, I describe a predictive, inferential perspective on interoception: ‘interoceptive inference’ conceives of subjective feeling states (emotions) as arising from actively-inferred generative (predictive) models of the causes of interoceptive afferents. The model generalizes ‘appraisal’ theories that view emotions as emerging from cognitive evaluations of physiological changes, and it sheds new light on the neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie the experience of body ownership and conscious selfhood in health and in neuropsychiatric illness.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 11:02
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2017 07:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49586

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