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What are self-generated actions?
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PMID:  21968149     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The concept of self-generated action is controversial, despite extensive study of its neural basis. Why is this concept so troublesome? We analyse the concept of self-generated action as employed by Passingham, Bengtsson, and Lau (2010a, 2010b). There are two definitions of self-generated action; as operant action and as underdetermined action. The latter draws on subjective experience. Experiments on action awareness suggest that experience may not be a good guide for defining self-generated action. Nevertheless, we agree with Passingham and colleagues that self-generated actions exist distinct from operant actions. But defining 'self-generated' by the degree of involvement of an endogenous process risks regress. We sketch an alternative account of self-generated action that tries to avoid these problems to make self-generated actions accessible to experimental science.
Friederike Schüür; Patrick Haggard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-10-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Consciousness and cognition     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1090-2376     ISO Abbreviation:  Conscious Cogn     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-21     Completed Date:  2012-02-24     Revised Date:  2012-04-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9303140     Medline TA:  Conscious Cogn     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1697-704     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, 17 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AR, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / anatomy & histology,  physiology
Decision Making
Internal-External Control*
Comment In:
Conscious Cogn. 2012 Mar;21(1):587-8   [PMID:  22000594 ]

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