Free Will in Scientific Psychology

@article{Baumeister2008FreeWI,
  title={Free Will in Scientific Psychology},
  author={Roy F. Baumeister},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={3},
  pages={14 - 19}
}
  • R. Baumeister
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • Psychology
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
Some actions are freer than others, and the difference is palpably important in terms of inner process, subjective perception, and social consequences. Psychology can study the difference between freer and less free actions without making dubious metaphysical commitments. Human evolution seems to have created a relatively new, more complex form of action control that corresponds to popular notions of free will. It is marked by self-control and rational choice, both of which are highly adaptive… 
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