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The Sense of Agency

Patrick Haggard and Baruch Eitam


This book focuses on the scientific study of the human sense of agency. It discusses the causes and consequences of the subjective experience of being in control of one’s actions, and, through them, of events in the outside world. The book brings together some of the world’s leading researchers on the topic. It aims to provide the first structured survey of this nascent but rapidly growing field.

Keywords: sense of agency, psychological agency, bodily self, sense of self, consciousness, action-perception interactions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190267278
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267278.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Haggard, editor
Professor in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Department of Psychology, University College London

Baruch Eitam, editor
Professor of Psychology, University of Haifa

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Part I Volition

1 Time to Act

Elisabeth Pacherie

2 Deconstructing Voluntary Action

Lara Krisst, Carlos Montemayor, and Ezequiel Morsella

3 Action Control by If-Then Planning

Torsten Martiny-Huenger, Sarah E. Martiny, and Peter M. Gollwitzer

4 Neural Correlates of Intention

Roee Gilron, Shiri Simon, and Roy Mukamel

6 The Neural Basis Underlying the Experience of Control in the Human Brain

Lauren A. Leotti, Catherine Cho, and Mauricio R. Delgado

Part II Determining Authorship

9 Agency and Outcome Prediction

Antje Gentsch and Simone Schütz-Bosbach

12 Motivation from Control

Noam Karsh and Baruch Eitam

Part III Beyond Authorship

Part IV Disturbances

16 Sense of Agency and Its Disruption

Paul Fletcher and Aikaterini Fotopoulou

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