in·​ter·​o·​cep·​tive | \ ˌin-tə-rō-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce interoceptive (audio) \

Definition of interoceptive

: of, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the body and especially in the viscera

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Recent Examples on the Web In relevant research, scientists have shown that being interoceptive helps regulate our emotions and therefore reduce anxiety and depression. Modar Bakir, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Fundamental questions remain about how interoceptive experiences arise—and for whom. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, 10 June 2021 One form of therapy that can help with panic attacks, Gallagher said, is interoceptive exposures. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 Here value is a way of describing a brain’s estimation of its body’s state (i.e., interoceptive and skeletomotor predictions) and how that state will change as the animal moves or encodes something new. Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 Work in humans with amygdala lesions has dissociated fear of teloreceptive stimuli (snakes, spiders, etc.) from fear of interoceptive stimuli (suffocation). Dean Mobbs, Scientific American, 20 Sep. 2019 The region that integrates all this interoceptive information is the insula, a fold in the center of the brain. Helen Thomson, WSJ, 29 June 2018 For one, there is some evidence to suggest that people with high anxiety sensitivity also may be unusually sensitive to interoceptive cues — that is, physiological signals, and perhaps especially those associated with anxiety, like a pounding heart. Melissa Dahl, The Cut, 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of interoceptive

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interoceptive

interior + -o- + -ceptive (as in receptive)

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The first known use of interoceptive was in 1906

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“Interoceptive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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in·​tero·​cep·​tive | \ ˌint-ə-rō-ˈsep-tiv How to pronounce interoceptive (audio) \

Medical Definition of interoceptive

: of, relating to, or being stimuli arising within the body and especially in the viscera


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