Time of conscious intention to act in relation to onset of cerebral activity (readiness-potential). The unconscious initiation of a freely voluntary act.

@article{Libet1983TimeOC,
  title={Time of conscious intention to act in relation to onset of cerebral activity (readiness-potential). The unconscious initiation of a freely voluntary act.},
  author={B. Libet and C. Gleason and E. Wright and D. Pearl},
  journal={Brain : a journal of neurology},
  year={1983},
  volume={106 (Pt 3)},
  pages={
          623-42
        }
}
The recordable cerebral activity (readiness-potential, RP) that precedes a freely voluntary, fully endogenous motor act was directly compared with the reportable time (W) for appearance of the subjective experience of 'wanting' or intending to act. The onset of cerebral activity clearly preceded by at least several hundred milliseconds the reported time of conscious intention to act. This relationship held even for those series (with 'type II' RPs) in which subjects reported that all of the 40… Expand
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