Document Detail

Distinct dynamical patterns that distinguish willed and forced actions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22379496     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The neural pathways for generating willed actions have been increasingly investigated since the famous pioneering work by Benjamin Libet on the nature of free will. To better understand what differentiates the brain states underlying willed and forced behaviours, we performed a study of chosen and forced actions over a binary choice scenario. Magnetoencephalography recordings were obtained from six subjects during a simple task in which the subject presses a button with the left or right finger in response to a cue that either (1) specifies the finger with which the button should be pressed or (2) instructs the subject to press a button with a finger of their own choosing. Three independent analyses were performed to investigate the dynamical patterns of neural activity supporting willed and forced behaviours during the preparatory period preceding a button press. Each analysis offered similar findings in the temporal and spatial domains and in particular, a high accuracy in the classification of single trials was obtained around 200 ms after cue presentation with an overall average of 82%. During this period, the majority of the discriminatory power comes from differential neural processes observed bilaterally in the parietal lobes, as well as some differences in occipital and temporal lobes, suggesting a contribution of these regions to willed and forced behaviours.
Luis Garcia Dominguez; Wojciech Kostelecki; Richard Wennberg; Jose L Perez Velazquez
Related Documents :
18945626 - Reversible acquired epileptic frontal syndrome and csws suppression in a child with con...
23655206 - Consonant confusability and its relation to phonological dissimilarity.
19552656 - Distributed source modeling of language with magnetoencephalography: application to pat...
1611466 - Recurrent fluent aphasia associated with a seizure focus.
25127176 - Does "thinking about thinking" interfere with memory? an experimental memory study in o...
23745736 - Why is working memory related to intelligence? different contributions from storage and...
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cognitive neurodynamics     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1871-4099     ISO Abbreviation:  Cogn Neurodyn     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-01     Completed Date:  2012-08-23     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101306907     Medline TA:  Cogn Neurodyn     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  67-76     Citation Subset:  -    
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Transient coordinated activity within the developing brain's default network.
Next Document:  Online learning and stimulus-driven responses of neurons in visual cortex.