Inducing disbelief in free will alters brain correlates of preconscious motor preparation: the brain minds whether we believe in free will or not.

@article{Rigoni2011InducingDI,
  title={Inducing disbelief in free will alters brain correlates of preconscious motor preparation: the brain minds whether we believe in free will or not.},
  author={Davide Rigoni and Simone K{\"u}hn and Giuseppe Sartori and Marcel Brass},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2011},
  volume={22 5},
  pages={613-8}
}
The feeling of being in control of one's own actions is a strong subjective experience. However, discoveries in psychology and neuroscience challenge the validity of this experience and suggest that free will is just an illusion. This raises a question: What would happen if people started to disbelieve in free will? Previous research has shown that low control beliefs affect performance and motivation. Recently, it has been shown that undermining free-will beliefs influences social behavior. In… CONTINUE READING
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