Definition of interoceptive in English:


Pronunciation /ˌin(t)ərōˈseptiv/ /ˌɪn(t)əroʊˈsɛptɪv/


  • Relating to stimuli produced within an organism, especially in the gut and other internal organs.

    ‘The brainstem and CVO pathways appear to communicate interoceptive stimuli, in that these pathways emanate from structures involved in autonomic regulation and surveillance of blood- or CSF-borne factors.’
    Compare with exteroceptive
    • ‘Plans for actions are floated, emotional states begin and both of these feed back into my sensory cortex through the proprioceptive and interoceptive systems respectively.’
    • ‘Overall, the ascending brainstem pathways allow for rapid, often direct transmission of interoceptive, arousal, and pain information to the PVN.’
    • ‘Chapter 9 introduces the idea of interoceptive exposure and discusses how exposure to uncomfortable physical sensations can help reduce social panic attacks and other problems related to physiological symptoms.’
    • ‘In our study, we used the five items of the Private Body Consciousness subscale as a measure of interoceptive awareness.’


Early 20th century from interior+ receptive.



/ˌin(t)ərōˈseptiv/ /ˌɪn(t)əroʊˈsɛptɪv/