How We Detect the Position of Our Spine and How This Might Indirectly Relate to Our Emotions

Discussion of Position Receptors in the Spine

The biological basis of emotions is a complex area of research study with the potential for many clinical applications. Neuroscientist A D (Bud) Craig has developed an elaborate model of awareness and emotional regulation that updates a nineteenth century model of emotions. Craig hypothesises that the Insular Cortex integrates information from the body and enables us to build an interoceptive map – a map of the sensations coming from our body. In order to better evaluate this model it is necessary to fill out more of the details. There is a potential for a clearer understanding of the peripheral nervous system compared to the central nervous system it is both simpler and more accessible for study. Therefore it follows that if Craig’s basic premise about the Insular Cortex is correct our understanding of emotions will stand on a firm foundation by attending to the details of the interoceptive information arriving at the Insular Cortex. The video above looks at some of the research on proprioceptive information coming from the spinal region.

The video is one of a series and an examination of the literature relating to other areas as well as links to a model of the Insular Cortex can be found here.

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