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. 2016 Aug 29;7:1272.
doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01272. eCollection 2016.

What Is the Sense of Agency and Why Does It Matter?

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What Is the Sense of Agency and Why Does It Matter?

James W Moore. Front Psychol. .
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Sense of agency refers to the feeling of control over actions and their consequences. In this article I summarize what we currently know about sense of agency; looking at how it is measured and what theories there are to explain it. I then explore some of the potential applications of this research, something that the sense of agency research field has been slow to identify and implement. This is a pressing concern given the increasing importance of 'research impact.'

Keywords: OCD; aging; consciousness; free will; human-computer-interaction; legal; responsibility; schizophrenia.

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