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Priming of actions increases sense of control over unexpected outcomes.

Sidarus, N; Chambon, V; Haggard, P; (2013) Priming of actions increases sense of control over unexpected outcomes. Conscious Cogn , 22 (4) 1403 - 1411. 10.1016/j.concog.2013.09.008. Green open access

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Abstract

Sense of agency (SoA) refers to the feeling that we are in control of our own actions and, through them, events in the outside world. SoA depends partly on retrospectively matching outcomes to expectations, and partly on prospective processes occurring prior to action, notably action selection. To assess the relative contribution of these processes, we factorially varied subliminal priming of action selection and expectation of action outcomes. Both factors affected SoA, and there was also a significant interaction. Compatible action primes increased SoA more strongly for unexpected than expected outcomes. Outcome expectation had strong effects on SoA following incompatible action priming, but only weak effects following compatible action priming. Prospective and retrospective SoA may have distinct and complementary functions.

Type: Article
Title: Priming of actions increases sense of control over unexpected outcomes.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2013.09.008
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2013.09.008
Additional information: ©� 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Action priming, Action selection, Agency, Outcome expectation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1418025
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