The power of suggestion: post-hypnotically induced changes in the temporal binding of intentional action outcomes

Lush, Peter, Caspar, Emilie A, Cleeremans, Axel, Haggard, Patrick, Magalhães De Saldanha da Gama, Pedro Alexandre and Dienes, Zoltan (2017) The power of suggestion: post-hypnotically induced changes in the temporal binding of intentional action outcomes. Psychological Science, 28 (5). pp. 661-669. ISSN 0956-7976

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Abstract

The sense of agency is the experience of initiating and controlling one’s voluntary actions and their outcomes. Intentional binding (i.e., when voluntary actions and their outcomes are perceived to occur closer together in time than involuntary actions and their outcomes) is increased in intentional action but requires no explicit reflection on agency. The reported experience of involuntariness is central to hypnotic responding, during which strategic action is experienced as involuntary. We report reduced intentional binding in a hypnotically induced experience of involuntariness, providing an objective correlate of reports of involuntariness. We argue that this reduced binding results from the diminished influence of motor intentions in the generation of the sense of agency when beliefs about whether an action is intended are altered. Thus, intentional binding depends on awareness of intentions. This finding shows that changes in metacognition of intentions affect perception.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Ellena Adams
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 15:17
Last Modified: 24 May 2017 19:07
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65860

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