Visceral Perception: Understanding Internal Cognition

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 30, 1998 - Medical - 232 pages
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Author Gyorgy Adam maintains there is a type of sensory system active within the internal organs that appears to be, in some measure, independent of the traditional senses. Variously termed viscerosensory perception, internal perception, or internal cognition, this system operates largely outside of consciousness. Adam employs the extensive data he has gathered over many years to demonstrate how "hidden" internal signals originating in the alimentary tract, the cardiovascular system, and the kidneys may influence emotional states. Visceral Perception is the only comprehensive treatment of this elusive subject.
 

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Contents

THE SUBJECT OF THIS MONOGRAPH
3
DEFINITIONS AND TERMINOLOGY
7
HISTORICAL ROOTS AND EVOLUTION
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CONCEPTUAL PRELIMINARIES
31
FUNCTIONAL PROPERTIES OF RECEPTOR STRUCTURES
37
VISCERAL AFFERENT PATHWAYS AND CENTRAL PROJECTIONS
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PSYCHOPHYSICS OF VISCERAL PERCEPTION IN HUMANS
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VISCERAL PERCEPTION THROUGH LEARNING
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VISCEROCEPTION A BORDERLINE SENSORY SYSTEM
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VISCEROCEPTION AND COGNITION
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VISCERAL PERCEPTION AND SYMPTOM REPORT AN EPILOGUE
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INTEROCEPTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS
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INTEROCEPTION AWARENESS OF SENSATIONS ARISING IN THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT
185
LEARNING TO PERCEIVE PREVIOUSLY UNCONSCIOUS STIMULI
211
REFERENCE
215
INDEX
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HEMISPHERIC LATERALIZATION OF SIGNAL PROCESSING
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