NOMIS scholar Manos Tsakiris has co-edited a new book on interoception, the sense of the physiological condition of the body originating from the internal body and visceral organs. Receptors in our organs send information about the inside of the body to the brain, ensuring homeostasis by helping regulate vital functions such as body temperature, hunger, thirst, digestion and heart rate.
A growing body of experimental findings suggests there is also a link between interoception and human emotion and motivation. Tsakiris’ and Helena De Preester’s book, “The Interoceptive Mind: From Homeostasis to Awareness,” explores this connection, delving into the role of interoception in mental life, awareness, subjectivity, affect and cognition, and underscoring the importance of interoception for our well-being.
Manos Tsakiris is professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at the Royal Holloway University of London, UK, and recipient of the 2016 NOMIS Distinguished Scientist Award. Co-editor Helena De Preester is professor of philosophy in the School of Arts, University College Ghent, and visiting research professor in the Department of Philosophy and Moral Science, Ghent University, Belgium.
The book will be released by Oxford University Press on October 11, 2018.