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Emotional valence, sense of agency and responsibility: A study using intentional binding

Christensen, JF; Yoshie, M; Di Costa, S; Haggard, P; (2016) Emotional valence, sense of agency and responsibility: A study using intentional binding. Consciousness and Cognition , 43 pp. 1-10. 10.1016/j.concog.2016.02.016. Green open access

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Abstract

We investigated how the emotional valence of an action outcome influences the experience of control, in an intentional binding experiment. Voluntary actions were followed by emotionally positive or negative human vocalisations, or by neutral tones. We used mental chronometry to measure a retrospective component of sense of agency (SoA), triggered by the occurrence of the action outcome, and a prospective component, driven by the expectation that the outcome will occur. Positive outcomes enhanced the retrospective component of SoA, but only when both occurrence and the valence of the outcome were unexpected. When the valence of outcomes was blocked - and therefore predictable - we found a prospective component of SoA when neutral tones were expected but did not actually occur. This prospective binding was absent, and reversed, for positive and negative expected outcomes. Emotional expectation counteracts the prospective component of SoA, suggesting a distancing effect.

Type: Article
Title: Emotional valence, sense of agency and responsibility: A study using intentional binding
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2016.02.016
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2016.02.016
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Emotion, Intentional binding, Prospective, Retrospective, Sense of agency, Valence
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/1493836
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