Interoception, the meaning of life

Sight, touch, hearing, smell and taste… But there is also a sixth sense: interoception. How did we find out?

Perception is not only turned towards the outside world. When you feel your heart beating, or your stomach knotting, you are demonstrating a skill called interoception. Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are shaped, in part, by these internal signals that come from our body. A physiological self-awareness that makes us “viscerally conscious” beings.

Interoception: the meaning of life

We are pleased to receive Catherine Tallon Baudryresearcher in neuroscience at the Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Laboratory (Inserm/ENS/PSL) and CNRS 2021 silver medal and Henry Evrardlaboratory researcher at the International Center for Primate Brain Research in Shanghai, and at the Max Planck Institute and the Werner Reichardt Center in Tübingen.

Today’s report

Meeting with Liane Schmidt, Inserm researcher at the Brain Institute where she co-directs the “Cognitive control – interoception – attention” team. What links can be established between obesity and interoception? By Antoine Beauchamp:

Documentary resources

find the thread of the program of the day on the twitter feed of La Science, CQFD.

Is the quest for happiness at all costs bad for the brain? (Le Figaro, August 2022)

The fact of having a negative perception of one’s own body can have a very surprising origin (SciencePost, 2021)

Meditation acts directly on our stress (CNRS Le Journal, 2020)

Bodily signals: felt and measured (Catholic University of Louvain, 2019)

The emergence of emotions in the psychological sciences (EHESS, 2016)

Disorders of body perception (Brain & Psycho, 2013)

Self-awareness goes through the skin (The Research, 2010)

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musical references

THE title of the day: Elektro kardiogramm by Kraftwerk

The opening credits: Goca Dunya by Altin Gun

End credits: pingpxng by Yin Yin

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