The scientific name for body budgeting is allostasis

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A note for The Half-Lesson, "Your Brain Is Not for Thinking," in Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett.
Some context from page 8 is:

The scientific name for body budgeting is allostasis.

The appendix adds:

Allostasis is a predictive balancing process over time, not a process that seeks a single, stable point for the body to maintain...

Allostasis is the scientific term for predictive body budgeting. It is the continual attempt to achieve balance and efficiency by predicting the needs of the body and attempting to meet those needs before they arise.[1][2] Homeostasis is reactive: the search to return to a set-point after disruption.

See also


  1. Sterling, Peter. 2012. “Allostasis: A Model of Predictive Regulation.” Physiology and Behavior 106 (1): 5–15.
  2. Sterling, Peter and Simon Laughlin. 2015. Principles of Neural Design. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.