Issue compiled and edited by Manos Tsakiris and Hugo D. Critchley
Interoception refers to how we sense the inner state of our bodies. It ensures the continuous control of biological functions; a process called homeostasis, which is vital for physical health and survival. Importantly though, interoception also profoundly influences cognition, emotion, behaviour and mental health, and is key to a comprehensive understanding of psychological and neurological disorders.
This theme issue brings together leaders in this field who provide fresh evidence and up-to-date scientific insights into how information about the internal body is represented in the brain and integrated with thoughts, feelings and behaviour. These advances draw together anatomical and physiological knowledge, new theoretical models and experimental findings from brain imaging. Ultimately, this work is motivated by clinical questions, as interoception is increasingly recognized as important for understanding and managing psychiatric and neurological disorders. Thus medical aspects of interoception and its links to contemplative and wellness practices are strongly represented within this issue.
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