The mind's best trick: How we experience conscious will

Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7 (2):65-69 (2003)

Abstract
We often consciously will our own actions. This experience is so profound that it tempts us to believe that our actions are caused by consciousness. It could also be a trick, however – the mind’s way of estimating its own apparent authorship by drawing causal inferences about relationships between thoughts and actions. Cognitive, social, and neuropsychological studies of apparent mental causation suggest that experiences of conscious will frequently depart from actual causal processes and so might not reflect direct perceptions of conscious thought causing action
Keywords *Conscious (Personality Factor)  *Consciousness States  *Volition
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DOI 10.1016/s1364-6613(03)00002-0
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