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This topic concerns with the interaction between consciousness, action and behavior.  It explores questions such as: Does consciousness cause behavior? Can an action be executed in the absence of consciousness?  Does every action have a conscious purpose?  What psychological mechanisms or motivations inspire the different types of actions? These questions are fundamental to the understanding of when, how and why actions are produced.   

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This is a relatively broad topic but a good place to start is the edited book Pockett 2004.  Another critical work is that of  Libet 1982 whose seminal experiment drew the temporal relationship between intention, causation and action. 

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    Commentary on Mossio and Taraborelli: Is the Enactive Approach Really Sensorimotor?Frédéric Pascal & J. Kevin O’Regan - 2008 - Consciousness and Cognition 17 (4):1341-1342.
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    Direct Perception in the Intersubjective Context. Commentary. Author's Reply.Raphael van Riel & Shaun Gallagher - 2008 - Consciousness and Cognition 17 (2):535-555.
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    Attention to Action and Awareness of Other Minds.Chris Frith - 2002 - Consciousness and Cognition 11 (4):481-487.
    We have only limited awareness of the system by which we control our actions and this limited awareness does not seem to be concerned with the control of action. Awareness of choosing one action rather than another comes after the choice has been made, while awareness of initiating an action occurs before the movement has begun. These temporal differences bind together in consciousness the intention to act and the consequences of the action. This creates our sense of agency. Activity in (...)
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    Incidental Action-Outcome Learning Influences Intentional Response Selection.B. Elsner & B. Hommel - 2000 - Consciousness and Cognition 9 (2):S86 - S87.
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    Attribution of Action in Schizophrenic Patients.C. Farrer, N. Franck, N. Georgieff & M. Jeannerod - 2000 - Consciousness and Cognition 9 (2):S44 - S44.
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    The Body Keeps the Score: Approaches to the Psychobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In van der Kolk BA, McFarlane AC, Weisaeth L (Eds), Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind.B. A. Van der Kolk - forthcoming - Body, and Society. New York: The Guilford Press.
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    The Verbal and the Visual in Science: A Heideggerian Perspective.Alan G. Gross - 2006 - Science in Context 19 (4):443-474.
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    The Influence of Goal-Directed Movements on Ideomotor Action.S. De Maeght, L. Knuf & W. Prinz - 2000 - Consciousness and Cognition 9 (2):S77 - S78.
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    The Body as Cognitive Organiser.G. Blundell-Wignall & M. Collins - 2000 - Consciousness and Cognition 9 (2):S91 - S91.
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    A Passion of the Soul: An Introduction to Pain for Consciousness Researchers.C. Richard Chapman & Yoshio Nakamura - 1999 - Consciousness and Cognition 8 (4):391-422.
    Pain is an important focus for consciousness research because it is an avenue for exploring somatic awareness, emotion, and the genesis of subjectivity. In principle, pain is awareness of tissue trauma, but pain can occur in the absence of identifiable injury, and sometimes substantive tissue injury produces no pain. The purpose of this paper is to help bridge pain research and consciousness studies. It reviews the basic sensory neurophysiology associated with tissue injury, including transduction, transmission, modulation, and central representation. In (...)
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    Goal-Directed Action in Hemispatial Neglect.Marlene Behrmann & Daniel V. Meegan - 1998 - Consciousness and Cognition 7 (3):381-409.
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    Demonstrator Skill Modulates Observational Aversive Learning.Ida Selbing, Björn Lindström & Andreas Olsson - 2014 - Cognition 133 (1):128-139.
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    Re-Construction of Action Awareness Depends on an Internal Model of Action-Outcome Timing.Max-Philipp Stenner, Markus Bauer, Judith Machts, Hans-Jochen Heinze, Patrick Haggard & Raymond J. Dolan - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 25:11-16.
    The subjective time of an instrumental action is shifted towards its outcome. This temporal binding effect is partially retrospective, i.e., occurs upon outcome perception. Retrospective binding is thought to reflect post-hoc inference on agency based on sensory evidence of the action – outcome association. However, many previous binding paradigms cannot exclude the possibility that retrospective binding results from bottom-up interference of sensory outcome processing with action awareness and is functionally unrelated to the processing of the action – outcome association. Here, (...)
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    The Use of Realistic and Mechanical Hands in the Rubber Hand Illusion, and the Relationship to Hemispheric Differences.Marco Bertamini & Noreen O’Sullivan - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 27:89-99.
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    Higher-Order Cognitive Factors Affect Subjective but Not Proprioceptive Aspects of Self-Representation in the Rubber Hand Illusion.Harriet Dempsey-Jones & Ada Kritikos - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 26:74-89.
    In the current study we look at whether subjective and proprioceptive aspects of selfrepresentation are separable components subserved by distinct systems of multisensory integration. We used the rubber hand illusion to draw the location of the ‘self’ away from the body, towards extracorporeal space , thereby violating top-down information about the body location. This was compared with the traditional RHI which drew position of the ‘self’ towards the body . We were successfully able to draw proprioceptive position of the limbs (...)
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    Structure From Motion During Infancy-Implementation of Different Processing Constraints.Bi Bertenthal, Dr Proffitt & Sj Kramer - 1986 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 24 (5):341-342.
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    New Reflections on Agency and Body Ownership: The Moving Rubber Hand Illusion in the Mirror.Paul M. Jenkinson & Catherine Preston - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 33:432-442.
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    Is Recursion Language-Specific? Evidence of Recursive Mechanisms in the Structure of Intentional Action.Giuseppe Vicari & Mauro Adenzato - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 26:169-188.
    In their 2002 seminal paper Hauser, Chomsky and Fitch hypothesize that recursion is the only human-specific and language-specific mechanism of the faculty of language. While debate focused primarily on the meaning of recursion in the hypothesis and on the human-specific and syntax-specific character of recursion, the present work focuses on the claim that recursion is language-specific. We argue that there are recursive structures in the domain of motor intentionality by way of extending John R. Searle’s analysis of intentional action. We (...)
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    Body Ownership and Beyond: Connections Between Cognitive Neuroscience and Linguistic Typology.David Kemmerer - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 26:189-196.
    During the past few decades, two disciplines that rarely come together—namely, cognitive neuroscience and linguistic typology—have been generating remarkably similar results regarding the representational domain of personal possessions. Research in cognitive neuroscience indicates that although the core self is grounded in body ownership, the extended self encompasses a variety of noncorporeal possessions, especially those that play a key role in defining one’s identity. And research in linguistic typology indicates that many languages around the world contain a distinct grammatical construction for (...)
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    The Moving Rubber Hand Illusion Revisited: Comparing Movements and Visuotactile Stimulation to Induce Illusory Ownership.Andreas Kalckert & H. Henrik Ehrsson - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 26:117-132.
    The rubber hand illusion is a perceptual illusion in which a model hand is experienced as part of one’s own body. In the present study we directly compared the classical illusion, based on visuotactile stimulation, with a rubber hand illusion based on active and passive movements. We examined the question of which combinations of sensory and motor cues are the most potent in inducing the illusion by subjective ratings and an objective measure . In particular, we were interested in whether (...)
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    Measuring the Fringes of Experience.Mark Price - 2002 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 8.
    Mangan's concept of fringe consciousness is too heavily based on informal introspection, and too all-embracing to constitute a coherent family. It lacks the tight operationalisation needed to identify individual examples of fringe consciousness, and to test Mangan's theoretical account against detailed findings from empirical research. I propose a more focused two-component operationalisation of the fringe. The first component addresses how we can operationalise the consciousness of the fringe; here I draw lessons from research in implicit cognition, and suggest implications for (...)
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    The Sensation of Making Sense Motivational Properties of the "Fringe".Erik Woody & Henry Szechtman - 2002 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 8.
    In a commentary on Mangan's article about fringe feelings in consciousness, we argue that labeling these experiences as "non-sensory" leads to a problematic conception of consciousness as divorceable from sensation. We then compare and contrast Mangan's development of William James' ideas about fringe experiences with Damasio's development of James' ideas about the body-relatedness of emotion and feeling. We propose that fringe feelings have essential motivational properties that stem from their evolutionary origins in various problems of survival. Finally, we contrast Mangan's (...)
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    Size Estimates of Action-Relevant Space Remain Invariant in the Face of Systematic Changes to Postural Stability and Arousal.Rouwen Cañal-Bruland, Anoek M. Aertssen, Laurien Ham & John Stins - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 34:98-103.
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    The Virtual Bodily Self: Mentalisation of the Body as Revealed in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia.Aikaterini Fotopoulou - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 33:500-510.
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    Body Ownership: When Feeling and Knowing Diverge.Daniele Romano, Anna Sedda, Peter Brugger & Gabriella Bottini - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 34:140-148.
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    Examining the Relationship Between Skilled Music Training and Attention.Xiao Wang, Lynn Ossher & Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:169-179.
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    The Role of Agency for Perceived Ownership in the Virtual Hand Illusion.Ke Ma & Bernhard Hommel - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:277-288.
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    Ambiguity Between Self and Other: Individual Differences in Action Attribution.Christophe E. de Bézenac, Vanessa Sluming, Noreen O’Sullivan & Rhiannon Corcoran - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 35:1-15.
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    Body-Ownership for Actively Operated Non-Corporeal Objects.Ke Ma & Bernhard Hommel - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:75-86.
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    Influences of Visual and Action Information on Object Identification and Action Production.Geneviève Desmarais, Pamela Hudson & Eric D. Richards - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 34:124-139.
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    Posture Modulates Implicit Hand Maps.Matthew R. Longo - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:96-102.
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    The Evolving Sense of Agency: Context Recency and Quality Modulate the Interaction Between Prospective and Retrospective Processes.Simone Di Plinio, Simone Arnò, Mauro Gianni Perrucci & Sjoerd J. H. Ebisch - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 80:102903.
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    Distal Engagement: Intentions in Perception.Nick Brancazio & Miguel Segundo Ortin - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 79 (March 2020).
    Non-representational approaches to cognition have struggled to provide accounts of long-term planning that forgo the use of representations. An explanation comes easier for cognitivist accounts, which hold that we concoct and use contentful mental representations as guides to coordinate a series of actions towards an end state. One non-representational approach, ecological-enactivism, has recently seen several proposals that account for “high-level” or “representation-hungry” capacities, including long-term planning and action coordination. In this paper, we demonstrate the explanatory gap in these accounts that (...)
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    Synchronous Stimulation in the Rubber Hand Illusion Task Boosts the Subsequent Sense of Ownership on the Vicarious Agency Task.Maria Cristina Cioffi, Joshua Hackett & James W. Moore - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 80:102904.
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    Forcing You to Experience Wonder: Unconsciously Biasing People’s Choice Through Strategic Physical Positioning.Gustav Kuhn, Alice Pailhès & Yuxuan Lan - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 80:102902.
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    The Lateral Occipitotemporal Cortex in Action.Angelika Lingnau & Paul E. Downing - 2015 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 19 (5):268-277.
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    The Spatial Distance Rule in the Moving and Classical Rubber Hand Illusions.Andreas Kalckert & H. Henrik Ehrsson - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 30:118-132.
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    Textures That We Like to Touch: An Experimental Study of Aesthetic Preferences for Tactile Stimuli.Roberta Etzi, Charles Spence & Alberto Gallace - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 29:178-188.
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    Examining Intention in Simulated Actions: Are Children and Young Adults Different?Carl Gabbard & Priscila Caçola - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 29:171-177.
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    Readiness Potentials Driven by Non-Motoric Processes.Prescott Alexander, Alexander Schlegel, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Adina L. Roskies, Thalia Wheatley & Peter Ulric Tse - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 39:38-47.
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    Social Cognition in Simple Action Coordination: A Case for Direct Perception.Ekaterina Abramova & Marc Slors - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:519-531.
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    Body-Scaled Affordances in Sensory Substitution.David Travieso, Luis Gómez-Jordana, Alex Díaz, Lorena Lobo & David M. Jacobs - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 38:130-138.
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    Direct Social Perception, Mindreading and Bayesian Predictive Coding.Leon de Bruin & Derek Strijbos - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:565-570.
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    Finger Counting Habit and Spatial–Numerical Association in Children and Adults.Marco Fabbri & Annalisa Guarini - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 40:45-53.
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    Better Control with Less Effort: The Advantage of Using Focused-Breathing Strategy Over Focused-Distraction Strategy on Thought Suppression.Yu-Jeng Ju & Yunn-Wen Lien - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 40:9-16.
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    The Rapid-Chase Theory Does Not Extend to Movement Execution.Jenna C. Flannigan, Romeo Chua & Erin K. Cressman - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 42:75-92.
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    Conflict in the Kitchen: Contextual Modulation of Responsiveness to Affordances.Martijn E. Wokke, Sarah L. Knot, Aisha Fouad & K. Richard Ridderinkhof - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 40:141-146.
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    Temporal Perception in Joint Action: This is MY Action.Francesca Capozzi, Cristina Becchio, Francesca Garbarini, Silvia Savazzi & Lorenzo Pia - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 40:26-33.
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    Semantic and Pragmatic Integration in Vision for Action.Silvano Zipoli Caiani & Gabriele Ferretti - 2017 - Consciousness and Cognition 48:40-54.
    According to an influential view, the detection of action possibilities and the selection of a plan for action are two segregated steps throughout the processing of visual information. This classical approach is committed with the assumption that two independent types of processing underlie visual perception: the semantic one, which is at the service of the identification of visually presented objects, and the pragmatic one which serves the execution of actions directed to specific parts of the same objects. However, as our (...)
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    When Timing the Mind One Should Also Mind the Timing: Biases in the Measurement of Voluntary Actions ☆.Steve Joordens, Marc van Dujin & Thomas Spalek - 2002 - Consciousness and Cognition 11 (2):231-240.
    Trevena and Miller provide further evidence that readiness potentials occur in the brain prior to the time that participants claim to have initiated a voluntary movement, a contention originally forwarded by Libet, Gleason, Wright, and Pearl. In their examination of this issue, though, aspects of their data lead them to question whether their measurement of the initiation of a voluntary movement was accurate. The current article addresses this concern by providing a direct analysis of biases in this task. This was (...)
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