Interoception: The Secret Ingredient | Dana Foundation – Feldman Barrett and Quigley (2021)

Interoception: The Secret Ingredient Your brain keeps you alive and well by running a metabolic “budget” for your body. Our authors, who co-direct the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory at Northeastern University and Massachusetts General Hospital, explain how these budgetary activities, and the bodily sensations they create, suggest surprising connections between brain, mind, body, and world. Published: July 15, 2021 Authors: Lisa Feldman Barrett, Ph.D. , Karen S. Quigley, Ph.D.

Interoception: The Secret Ingredient | Dana Foundation

Allostatsis, interoception, exteroception and the continuum betwen them, prediction, mental vs physical and the continuum between them.

A brilliant introductory piece – it would have been utterly wonderful for me if:

  • some of the links were to Robert Rosen, biological systems theory, Daoism or other slightly older roots (the piece if well-referenced through hyperlink and I didn’t click them all, but I think not), and
  • if there was room for a bit of self-reflection on the reductive ‘brain circuitry’, elements of the brain, and ‘neurochemical effects’ compared to the story they were telling

Nevertheless, brilliant as an introduction and explanation with depth (and what do I know compared to Lisa Feldman Barrett?)