Mistaking randomness for free will

  title={Mistaking randomness for free will},
  author={Jeffrey P. Ebert and D. M. Wegner},
  journal={Consciousness and Cognition},
  • Jeffrey P. Ebert, D. M. Wegner
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Consciousness and Cognition
  • Belief in free will is widespread. The present research considered one reason why people may believe that actions are freely chosen rather than determined: they attribute randomness in behavior to free will. Experiment 1 found that participants who were prompted to perform a random sequence of actions experienced their behavior as more freely chosen than those who were prompted to perform a deterministic sequence. Likewise, Experiment 2 found that, all else equal, the behavior of animated… CONTINUE READING
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