Visceral Perception

  • Jasper Brener
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 2)


Perception is generally acknowledged to involve the processing of sensory input. Although many forms of perception appear to be genetically preprogrammed, it is also well established that perceptual processes may be reliably influenced by experience (Bower, 1974). Thus it is proposed that although not all perceptual processes are experientially determined, whenever a stimulus acquires response-controlling properties by virtue of experience, evidence of perception is thereby constituted. In terms of this requirement, visceral perception, a process long denied, emerges as a conspicuous and reliable aspect of our everyday behaviour. As it is employed here, the term “visceral perception” refers to processes related to the detecting and labelling of visceral states.


Training Trial Heart Beat Vibratory Stimulus Exteroceptive Stimulus Discriminative Response 
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  • Jasper Brener
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  1. 1.University of HullUK

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