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Intentional binding as a marker of agency across the lifespan
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics. University of Padova, Italy; Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden, Germany.
Number of Authors: 32017 (English)In: Consciousness and Cognition, ISSN 1053-8100, E-ISSN 1090-2376, Vol. 52, p. 104-114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The feeling of control over actions and their external effects is known as Sense of Agency (SoAg). People usually have a distinctive SoAg for events caused by their own actions. However, if the agent is a child or an older person, this feeling of being responsible for the consequences of an action may differ from what an adult would feel. The idea would be that children and elderly may have a reduced SoAg since their frontal lobes are developing or have started to loose their efficiency. The aim of this study was to elucidate whether the SoAg changes across lifespan, using the Intentional Binding (i.e., the temporal attraction between a voluntary action and its sensory consequence) as implicit measure. Data show that children and elderly are characterized by a reduced SoAg as compared to adults. These findings provide a fundamental step in the characterization of SoAg dynamics throughout individuals' lifetime.

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2017. Vol. 52, p. 104-114
Keywords [en]
sense of agency, intentional binding, lifespan, responsibility, frontal lobe
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145350DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2017.04.016ISI: 000404324300011PubMedID: 28501697OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145350DiVA, id: diva2:1128675
Available from: 2017-07-27 Created: 2017-07-27 Last updated: 2018-01-13Bibliographically approved

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