Sensory liking: How nervous systems assign hedonic value to sensory objects.


Sensory liking is a biological process by which biological organisms compute how liked or disliked a sensory stimulus is. The purpose of this process is to tag the sensory objects an organism encounters in its physical environment as either conducive or threatening to survival. Objects that are deemed likeable elicit appetitive behaviour, whereas objects that are encoded as dislikeable elicit aversive behaviour. In this chapter, I review an extensive body of neuroscientific work that shows that, in vertebrates, evaluations of sensory liking are computed by neural mechanisms located in the mesocorticolimbic reward circuitry. However, evidence from numerous experiments also shows that these processes are modulated by input from interoceptive, perceptual, cognitive, and executive mechanisms that represent endogenous and exogenous conditions that are of relevance to the organism’s physiological needs and …
TitelThe Routledge International Handbook of Neuroaesthetics
Antal sider32
Publikationsdato6 sep. 2022
StatusUdgivet - 6 sep. 2022


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