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exteroceptive Line breaks: ex¦tero|cep¦tive
Pronunciation: /ˌɛkstərə(ʊ)ˈsɛptɪv/

Definition of exteroceptive in English:


Relating to stimuli that are external to an organism. Compare with interoceptive.
Example sentences
  • In addition, he assigned a primary role to positive reinforcement by avoidance - response-produced stimuli and/or by exteroceptive stimuli that are contingent on the avoidance response.
  • During those sessions in which a switch in reinforcer type occurred at the midpoint of the session, no exteroceptive stimulus accompanied the switch.
  • The multitude of other mechanoreceptors act mainly as proprioceptors although some encode both proprioceptive and exteroceptive information.


Example sentences
  • The neuroanatomical studies indicate that NO-cGMP signaling is involved in modalities as diverse as vision, olfaction, taste, hearing, and tactile exteroception.
  • Interoception, the perception of stimuli inside the body, and exteroception, the perception of stimuli outside the body, fill the gap beneath data and divide Maslow’s physiological needs.
  • One of the most obvious aspects of Leib is exteroception.
Example sentences
  • Thus exteroceptivity demands that stimuli be given a shape; the consciousness of the body invades the body, the soul spreads over all its parts, and behaviour overspills its central sector.
  • Exteroceptivity can only be exercised in collaboration with interoceptivity.


Early 20th century: probably a blend of exterior or external and receptive.

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