Visceral Sensory Neuroscience: Interoception

Hardcover | January 15, 2002

byOliver G. Cameron

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It has been known for over a century that there is an afferent(body-to-brain), as well as an efferent(brain-to-body), component to the visceral-atonomic nervous system. Despite the fundamental importance of bodily afferent information- sometimes called interoception- to central nervous systemcontrol of visceral organ function, emotional-motivational processes, and dysfunction of these processes, including psychosomatic disorders, its role did not receive much attention until quite recently. This is the first comprehensive review of this topic and it covers both neurobiological andpsychobiological aspects. The author first defines the issue and gives an historical background starting with the James-Lange theory of emotion, and addresses learning and motivation, roots in Pavlovian conditioning research, and operant conditioning of visceral function. In the second section hereviews recent scientific findings in the neural basis of visceral perception and studies in cardiovascular-respiratory and alimentary interoception. Finally, he discusses several related areas of research and theory including drug state issues, interoception and psychiatric disorders, and bodilyconsciousness, and suggests directions for future investigation. The book will be of interest to scientists in neurobiology, psychology, and brain imaging, to indivuals in related clinical fields such as psychiatry, neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, and clinical psychology, and to their students and trainees.

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It has been known for over a century that there is an afferent(body-to-brain), as well as an efferent(brain-to-body), component to the visceral-atonomic nervous system. Despite the fundamental importance of bodily afferent information- sometimes called interoception- to central nervous systemcontrol of visceral organ function, emotion...

Oliver G. Cameron is at University of Michigan, School of Medicine.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:276 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:January 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I Definitions, History, and Background1. Definitions2. The James-Lange Theory of Emotion3. Conditioning and Learning, Attention and Arousal4. Motivation and Emotion5. Roots in Russian and Eastern European Studies6. Operant Conditioning of Visceral Function(Biofeedback)Part II The Essential Science7. The Neural Basis of Visceral Perception8. The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems9. The Alimentary TractPart III Related Topics and Summary10. Pain, Proprioception, Phantom Limb, and Body Image11. State-dependent Learning and Drug Discrimination12. Psychiatric Disorders: Anxiety, Panic, Depression, and Somatization13. Neurophilosophy: Consciousness and Bodily Awareness14. Summary: Past and Future

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"the author is clearly a master of the meaning of interoception and the ideas behind its historical development...a useful resource for students of psychology and neurobiology. I learnt a great deal from it and would recommend others embarking on the fascinating investigation of brainprocessing of bodily sensations now to read it."--BRAIN, 2003, 126, 1504-1506