Why Reject a Sensory Imagery Theory of Control Consciousness?

Topics in Cognitive Science 3 (2):268-272 (2011)
Mandik (2010) defends a motor theory of control consciousness according to which nonsensory states, like motor commands, directly contribute to the awareness we have of ourselves as being in control of our actions. Along the way, he argues that his theory is to be preferred over Prinz’s (2007) sensory imagery theory, which denies that nonsensory states play any direct role in the generation of control consciousness. I argue that Mandik’s criticisms of Prinz’s theory fall short, but that nonetheless there are reasons to favor a motor theory of control consciousness over a sensory imagery theory
Keywords Imagery  Agency  Phenomenology  Forward model  Sense of control  Motor control  Consciousness
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DOI 10.1111/j.1756-8765.2011.01136.x
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