Sense of agency in health and disease: A review of cue integration approaches.

Moore, James W. and Fletcher, P. C.. 2012. Sense of agency in health and disease: A review of cue integration approaches. Consciousness and cognition, pp. 59-68. ISSN 1090-2376 [Article]

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Sense of agency (SoA) is a compelling but fragile experience that is augmented or attenuated by internal signals and by external cues. A disruption in SoA may characterise individual symptoms of mental illness such as delusions of control. Indeed, it has been argued that generic SoA disturbances may lie at the heart of delusions and hallucinations that characterise schizophrenia. A clearer understanding of how sensorimotor, perceptual and environmental cues complement, or compete with, each other in engendering SoA may prove valuable in deepening our understanding the agency disruptions that characterise certain focal neurological disorders and mental illnesses. Here we examine the integration of SoA cues in health and illness, describing a simple framework of this integration based on Bayesian principles. We extend this to consider how alterations in cue integration may lead to aberrant experiences of agency.

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Cue integration, Bayes, Bayesian, Sense of agency, Volition, Action, Consciousness, Comparator model

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10 Feb 2012 11:22

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29 Apr 2020 15:33

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