Today we speak with Dr. Rebecca Brewer, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. Rebecca studies social and emotional abilities across a range of clinical and typical populations, and how interoception (the perception of the internal states of one’s body) is related to these emotional and social abilities.
Interoception is a topic that I’ve been finding fascinating lately. Interoception is important to many processes fundamental to what makes us who we are, from homeostasis to subjective experience itself, from decision making to psychopathology.
In this conversation, we focus particularly on the relation of interoception to psychopathology, an area where Rebecca has done interesting work and proposed big ideas.
1:20 – What is interoception and why study it?
4:25 – On the relevance of interoception to psychopathology.
6:25 – On interoception abnormalities as the p-factor.
9:45 – Does the relationship of interoception abnormalities to psychopathology appear causal?
13:00 – On treatments targeting interoceptive ability.
21:45 – On what Rebecca hopes the next wave of interoception research
26:00 – On the importance of interpretation of interoceptive signals
28:30 – On whether interoception is an area of interest for positive psychology
30:30 – On the focus of upcoming research for Rebecca’s group
39:40 – What Rebecca wishes she new when she was a student.