Discrepancy between explicit judgement of agency and implicit feeling of agency: Implications for sense of agency and its disorders

Conscious Cogn. 2015 Dec:37:1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2015.07.011. Epub 2015 Aug 5.


The sense of agency refers to the feeling of authorship that "I am the one who is controlling external events through my own action". A distinction between explicit judgement of agency and implicit feeling of agency has been proposed theoretically. However, there has not been sufficient experimental evidence to support this distinction. We have assessed separate explicit and implicit agency measures in the same population and investigated their relationships. Intentional binding task was employed as an implicit measure and self-other attribution task as an explicit measure, which are known to reflect clinical symptoms of disorders in the sense of agency. The results of the implicit measure and explicit measure were not correlated, suggesting dissociation of the explicit judgement of agency and the implicit feeling of agency.

Keywords: Central monitoring; Feeling of agency; Intentional binding; Judgement of agency; Sense of agency; Voluntary action.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intention*
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Volition*