The influence of physiological signals on cognition

Critchley, Hugo D and Garfinkel, Sarah N (2018) The influence of physiological signals on cognition. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 19. pp. 13-18. ISSN 2352-1546

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Abstract

Dynamic changes in bodily physiology influence perceptual, affective and cognitive processes. Behaviour is shaped by interoception, that is the processing of afferent information concerning internal state. Physiological signals, such as heartbeats, selectively facilitate, compete with, or inhibit, information processing across psychological domains, often providing a proximate mechanism for pervasive effects of emotions. There is increasing recognition of these influences on cognition, and a growing knowledge concerning underlying neural substrates. Recent theoretical models, notably interoceptive predictive coding, apply concepts of the 'Bayesian brain' and active inference to feeling states, agency and embodiment. Here we describe the impact of interoceptive signals on cognitive processes.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: interoception; cognition; heartbeat; physiology
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
Research Centres and Groups: Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
Sussex Neuroscience
Depositing User: Alexei Fisk
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 14:17
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2018 14:17
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80400

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