An Embodied Cognition Perspective on the Role of Interoception in the Development of the Minimal Self

Author(s)
Lisa Musculus, Markus R. Tünte, Markus Raab, Ezgi Kayhan
Abstract

Interoception is an often neglected but crucial aspect of the human minimal self. In this perspective, we extend the embodiment account of interoceptive inference to explain the development of the minimal self in humans. To do so, we first provide a comparative overview of the central accounts addressing the link between interoception and the minimal self. Grounding our arguments on the embodiment framework, we propose a bidirectional relationship between motor and interoceptive states, which jointly contribute to the development of the minimal self. We present empirical findings on interoception in development and discuss the role of interoception in the development of the minimal self. Moreover, we make theoretical predictions that can be tested in future experiments. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive view on the mechanisms underlying the minimal self by explaining the role of interoception in the development of the minimal self.

Organisation(s)
Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology
External organisation(s)
Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, London South Bank University, Universität Potsdam, Max-Planck-Institut für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften
Journal
Frontiers in Psychology
Volume
12
ISSN
1664-1078
DOI
https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.716950
Publication date
2021
Peer reviewed
Yes
Austrian Fields of Science 2012
501005 Developmental psychology, 501030 Cognitive science
Keywords
Portal url
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