Coercion Changes the Sense of Agency in the Human Brain

@article{Caspar2016CoercionCT,
  title={Coercion Changes the Sense of Agency in the Human Brain},
  author={Emilie A. Caspar and Julia F Christensen and Axel Cleeremans and Patrick Haggard},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2016},
  volume={26},
  pages={585-592}
}
People may deny responsibility for negative consequences of their actions by claiming that they were "only obeying orders." The "Nuremberg defense" offers one extreme example, though it is often dismissed as merely an attempt to avoid responsibility. Milgram's classic laboratory studies reported widespread obedience to an instruction to harm, suggesting that social coercion may alter mechanisms of voluntary agency, and hence abolish the normal experience of being in control of one's own actions… CONTINUE READING
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