Intentional binding and higher order agency experience

Conscious Cogn. 2010 Mar;19(1):490-1. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2009.11.007. Epub 2010 Jan 4.


Recent research has shown that human instrumental action is associated with systematic changes in time perception: The interval between a voluntary action and an outcome is perceived as shorter than the interval between a physically similar involuntary movement and an outcome. The study by, Ebert and Wegner (2010) suggests that this change in time perception is related to higher order agency experience. Notwithstanding certain issues arising from their study, which are discussed, we believe it offers validation of binding as a measure of sense of agency.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Awareness
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Consciousness / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Time Perception / physiology*
  • Volition / physiology*