Monash Biomedical Imaging Seminar: Understanding the neural bases of interoceptive sensations​

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Event Details

12 April 2018 at 12:30 pm – 12 April 2018 at 1:30 pm
Monash Biomedical Imaging Auditorium, 770 Blackburn Road
Open to:
Staff and students
Science; Seminars & Workshops


Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) operates a full suite of complementary multi-modal imaging equipment alongside clinical testing facilities to enable researchers to conduct their preclinical and clinical research. 

In 2018, MBI is hosting a seminar series featuring a range of imaging researchers and topics.

12 April 2018 Seminar
Speaker: Professor Michael Farrell, Associate Director (Academic), Monash Biomedical Imaging
Topic: Understanding the neural bases of​ interoceptive sensations​

A light lunch will be provided at this free event. For more information visit the MBI website.


A Physiotherapist by training, Michael Farrell received his doctoral degree in 1999. As an NHMRC Neil Hamilton Fairley Fellow, Michael developed expertise in human neuroimaging at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA, and then applied these methods to the investigation of interoceptive processes at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and as a C.R. Roper Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Michael has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences at Monash University since 2014. He is an Associate Director at Monash Biomedical Imaging.

Abstract: Understanding the neural bases of interoceptive sensations

The internal milieu of the human body is relatively stable under normal ambient conditions. This stability is not a passive process. Physiological responses, complex behaviours, and interactions with the external environment perturb or normalise the internal state. Fluctuations in internal conditions elicit interoceptive sensations. These sensations are associated with varied internal signals that give rise to discernably different sensory experiences. Importantly, interoceptive sensations are invested with affective dimensions, and the experience of the sensations increases the likelihood of stereotypical behaviours with implications for the internal state. Interoceptive sensations and related behaviours are represented in distributed brain networks that reflect the multidimensional nature of the experiences. Investigating these sensations and associated regional brain responses in humans provides unique opportunities to characterise interactions of mind and body.

Louise Mitchell
Monash Biomedical Imaging