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How Do You Feel?An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self$
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A. D. (Bud) Craig

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691156767

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691156767.001.0001

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A Few More Thoughts About Feelings

A Few More Thoughts About Feelings

Graded sentience and tail-wagging in dogs

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How Do You Feel?

A. D. (Bud) Craig

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter addresses some of the larger issues relevant to the ideas presented in this book. These issues include the purpose of feelings, the brain structures required in order to experience feelings and which species have them, the kinds of feelings that other species might experience, why feelings seem to propel behavior, and whether Watson—the computer that won the Jeopardy game—might ever experience feelings. The chapter then examines the concept of graded sentience. This concept seems to provide the basis for graded feelings of interoceptive conditions, depending on the level of refinement of the homeostatic motor and sensory systems.

Keywords:   feelings, behavior, graded sentience, graded feelings, interoceptive feelings, homeostatic motor systems, homeostatic sensory systems

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