The role of interoception and alliesthesia in addiction.

  title={The role of interoception and alliesthesia in addiction.},
  author={Martin P. Paulus and Susan F. Tapert and Gery Schulteis},
  journal={Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior},
  volume={94 1},
This review presents a novel conceptualization of addiction, integrating the concepts of interoception (i.e., the CNS representation of visceral feelings) and alliesthesia (i.e., that rewarding properties of stimuli are dependent on the internal state of the individual) with existing theories. It is argued that the body state, as defined by the integration of interoceptive information, is a crucial arbiter of the risk for initiation of and transition to compulsive use of addictive compounds… CONTINUE READING

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