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From The CriticsReviewer: Lisa K. Sharp, BSN, MA (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book presents a creative and scientifically based perspective to conscious and unconscious visceral sensation/perception..
Purpose: The content draws upon much of the author's own research and summarizes his thinking on visceral sensation and perception.
Audience: It is written for academics interested in psychophysiology as well as physicians, psychologists, and advanced students in medicine or psychology, as some background in the area is assumed. Those familiar with the author's work will find this an intriguing addition.
Features: The book begins with a short background and history on visceral perception. The next section presents relevant physiologic mechanisms within the context of the original research. The final section addresses the issue of cognition and awareness of visceral events. Appendixes are generous, with three excerpts from W. E. Whitehead and Neal Miller included. The author includes these to provide background on his thinking.
Assessment: This book provides a unique perspective on cognition and visceral perception. Many ideas integrate across cognitive psychology, psychophysiology and philosophy. While it is difficult to follow at times, the creativity and unique aspects of the ideas compensate.