The right face at the wrong place: How motor intentions can override outcome monitoring

Vogel, Gabriel; Hall, Lars; Moore, James W. and Johansson, Petter. 2024. The right face at the wrong place: How motor intentions can override outcome monitoring. iScience, 27(1), 108649. ISSN 2589-0042 [Article]

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The concept of intentions is often taken for granted in the cognitive and neural sciences, and comparing outcomes with internal goals is seen as critical for our sense of agency. We created an experiment where participants decided which face they preferred, and we either created outcome errors by covertly switch- ing the position of the chosen face or induced motor errors by deviating the mouse cursor, or we did both at the same time. In the final case, participants experienced a motor error, but the outcome ended up cor- rect. The result showed that when they received the right face, but at the wrong place, participants re- jected the outcome they actually wanted in a majority of the trials. Thus, contrary to common belief, higher-order outcomes do not always regulate our actions. Instead, motor ‘‘wrongness’’ might sometimes override goal ‘‘rightness’’ and lead us to reject the outcome we actually want.

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Funding: G.V., L.H., and P.J. were supported by the Swedish Research Council (Grant No. 2014-1371).

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4 December 2023Accepted
7 December 2023Published Online
January 2024Published

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05 Jan 2024 17:41

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