The awareness of thirst: proposed neural correlates.

  title={The awareness of thirst: proposed neural correlates.},
  author={Terence V Sewards and Mark A Sewards},
  journal={Consciousness and cognition},
  volume={9 4},
The neural and endocrine bases of the generation of thirst are reviewed. Based on this review, a hierarchical system of neural structures that regulate water conservation and acquisition is proposed. The system includes primary sensory-receptive areas; secondary sensory structures (circumventricular organs), which detect levels of hormones, including angiotensin II and vasopressin, which are involved in generating thirst; preoptic and hypothalamic structures; and an area within the… CONTINUE READING