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About The Physiology of Feeling

About The Physiology of Feeling

About The Physiology of Feeling

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General Overview

The intent of this course is to present a modern understanding of the process that results in the experience of pain within the context of evolutionary development, homeostasis, physical sensation, perceived emotions, and ultimately, feelings. Understanding the components that culminate in a pain experience is key to treating that pain experience, whether it is someone experiencing chronic pain or acute pain, pain resulting from physical or emotional cause, or pain driven by cultural practices or another person's lived experience. In this course, pain is used as the common thread to explain the principles and structures that arise in emotion and, in humans, feelings.


What’s Included in this Course

    1. Certification of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
    2. Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content, such as the workbook can be downloaded, the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
    3. Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
    4. There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
    5. Quizzes throughout to help you integrate the knowledge.
    6. You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants (such as The Allied Health Professional Development Fund) and for tax purposes.
    7. Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
    8. A Special Coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!


Course Objectives

You will learn:

    1. A modern definition of pain.
    2. The difference between an emotion (emoting) and a feeling.
    3. Input sources that can culminate in the experience of pain.
    4. The critical brain structures that contribute to 'feeling' and how damage may modify 'feelings.'
    5. The role for feelings within the human existence.
    6. A modern definition of homeostasis.
    7. The minimal components necessary for homeostasis.
    8. The neural basis of emotions.
    9. The nervous system and its effects on homeostasis, emotions, feelings and pain.


Audience: Healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the complex interaction of body systems and environmental input that result in emotions and ultimately the feeling of pain. One does not have to be working with patients who experience chronic pain to gain a deeper understanding of pain through this course that can be employed in clinical practice.


The instructors
Antonio Damasio
Antonio Damasio is the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience. His research has helped elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. Damasio's work has also had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems which underlie memory, language and consciousness. He directs the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, which is dedicated to research on the crossroads of neuroscience, social science and the humanities. He received his M.D. from the University of Lisbon Medical School in 1969, and his Ph.D. from the University of Lisbon in 1974.
Course Material included in this course
  • About The Physiology of Feeling
  • Understanding Pain
  • Neural Basis of Emotions Pt 1
  • Neural Basis of Emotions Pt 2
  • Homeostasis and the Nervous System
  • Q&A
  • Quiz
  • Feedback