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How You Feel: A story of mind told by the body

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

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Module Name:

How You Feel: A story of mind told by the body.

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

James Tresilian

Module Teachers


Module Aims

The module will introduce students to behavioural phenomena, subjective experiences and neural mechanisms associated with proprioception, interoception, and static and dynamic spatial orientation perception. Practical applications of body perception and sensation in sport, health and vehicular control (particularly aviation and space flight) will be emphasized.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Knowledge of the functional anatomy and neurophysiology of the somatosensory, kinesthetic and vestibular systems

  • Knowledge and understanding of how sensory receptors transduce proximal stimulation into neural signals and how the central nervous system uses these signals to obtain information about the body

  • Knowledge of the regions of the central nervous system involved in body perception and how neurological damage can affect behaviour and experience

  • Understanding of how sensory signals from the body can affect behaviour, produce perceptual experience, evoke ‘feelings’, and influence our senses of wellness/illness, fatigue and effort

  • Knowledge of how multiple sensory modalities and non-sensory sources of information contribute to body perception and experience

  • Understanding of how non-veridical (illusory) body percepts can affect experience and behaviour and the consequences for performance in real-world situations

Assessed by:

Participation tests, short answer assignment & exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 Weeks


One 2 hours and one 1 (total 3 hours) lectures per week




Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Participant Tests

Short Answer Assignment






Module Programme

Body Sensing and Body Awareness Body Schemas and Body Images Delusions, Effort and Agency Kinesthetic Vision & Kinesthetic Touch The Body in Perception Interoception Pain Equilibrioception & Motion Sickness The Body in Space Revision Revision

Module Reading List

Wolfe, J. et al. (2015) Sensation and Perception (4th Edition). Sunderland MA: Sinauer Associates Craig, A. D. (2014) How do you feel? An Interoceptive Moment with your Neurobiological Self. Princeton University Press. Tresilian, J. R. (2012) Sensorimotor Control and Leaning: An Introduction to the Behavioral Neuroscience of Action. Palgrave MacMillan. Tresilian, James (2020) How You Feel: The story of the mind as told by the body. Little, Brown publishing group. (Due to be published Nov 2020)