The Body in the Mind: On the Relationship Between Interoception and Embodiment
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.
Topics in Cognitive Science
Volume 4, Issue 4, pages 692–704, October 2012
How to Cite
Herbert, B. M. and Pollatos, O. (2012), The Body in the Mind: On the Relationship Between Interoception and Embodiment. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4: 692–704. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2012.01189.x
- Issue published online: 11 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2012
- Received 5 December 2010; received in revised form 28 July 2011; accepted 26 August 2011
- Interoceptive awareness;
- Time perception;
- Disturbances of embodiment;
- Eating disorder;
The processing, representation, and perception of bodily signals (interoception) plays an important role for human behavior. Theories of embodied cognition hold that higher cognitive processes operate on perceptual symbols and that concept use involves reactivations of the sensory-motor states that occur during experience with the world. Similarly, activation of interoceptive representations and meta-representations of bodily signals supporting interoceptive awareness are profoundly associated with emotional experience and cognitive functions. This article gives an overview over present findings and models on interoception and mechanisms of embodiment and highlights its relevance for disorders that are suggested to represent a translation deficit of bodily states into subjective feelings and self-awareness.