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Decomposing the Will$
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Andy Clark, Julian Kiverstein, and Tillmann Vierkant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746996.001.0001

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From the Fact to the Sense of Agency

From the Fact to the Sense of Agency

(p.103) 6 From the Fact to the Sense of Agency
Decomposing the Will

Manos Tsakiris

Aikaterini Fotopoulou

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the empirical literature and contrast explicit and implicit tasks investigating the experience of agency with the aim of identifying the functional and neural signatures of the sense of agency. From the design of nonecological situations where there is ambiguity over the authorship of an action to the implementation of control conditions of passive movements that make little sense in our everyday waking life, the reviewed studies have tried to identify the key elements of what constitutes the sense of agency in humans. The exact interplay between conscious intentions and behavior, and the balance between predictive and postdictive processes remain controversial. However, the empirical investigation of the fact of agency, that is, the study of situations where people unambiguously produce voluntary actions, suggests that self-generated behavior changes the perception of one’s body and the external world by integrating temporal and spatial representations of movements and their effects on the world.

Keywords:   sense of agency, passive movement, authorship of action, predictive processes, postdictive processes, temporal representations, spatial representations

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