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This topic concerns with the interaction between consciousness, action and behavior.  It explores questions such as: Does consciousness cause behavior? Can an action be executed in the absence of consciousness?  Does every action have a conscious purpose?  What psychological mechanisms or motivations inspire the different types of actions? These questions are fundamental to the understanding of when, how and why actions are produced.   

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This is a relatively broad topic but a good place to start is the edited book Pockett 2004.  Another critical work is that of  Libet 1982 whose seminal experiment drew the temporal relationship between intention, causation and action. 

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  1. The Neuroscience of Spontaneous Thought: An Evolving, Interdisciplinary Field.Andrews-Hanna Jessica, Irving Zachary C., Fox Kieran, Spreng Nathan R. & Christoff Kalina - forthcoming - In Fox Kieran & Christoff Kieran (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Spontaneous Thought and Creativity. Oxford University Press.
    An often-overlooked characteristic of the human mind is its propensity to wander. Despite growing interest in the science of mind-wandering, most studies operationalize mind-wandering by its task-unrelated contents. But these contents may be orthogonal to the processes that determine how thoughts unfold over time, remaining stable or wandering from one topic to another. In this chapter, we emphasize the importance of incorporating such processes into current definitions of mind-wandering, and propose that mind-wandering and other forms of spontaneous thought (such as (...)
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  2. Implicit Bias.Alex Madva - forthcoming - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), Ethics in Practice: An Anthology (5th Edition).
    (This contribution is primarily based on "Implicit Bias, Moods, and Moral Responsibility," (2018) Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. This version has been shortened and significantly revised to be more accessible and student-oriented.) Are individuals morally responsible for their implicit biases? One reason to think not is that implicit biases are often advertised as unconscious. However, recent empirical evidence consistently suggests that individuals are aware of their implicit biases, although often in partial and inarticulate ways. Here I explore the implications of this evidence (...)
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  3. Will Et la Volition.Jean-Marie Merle - forthcoming - Contrastes: Revista Internacional de Filosofía.
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  4. Agentive Phenomenology.Myrto Mylopoulos & Joshua Shepherd - forthcoming - In Uriah Kriegel (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Consciousness. Oxford University Press.
    In this chapter we reflect on questions about the nature and sources of agentive phenomenology – that is, the set of those experience-types associated with exercises of agency, and paradigmatically with intentional actions. Our discussion begins with pioneering work in psychology and neuroscience that dates to the early 80s (section 1). As we will see, much of the current work on agentive phenomenology in both psychology and philosophy draws motivation from this work, and the questions it raises. After discussing empirical (...)
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  5. The Body Keeps the Score: Approaches to the Psychobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In van der Kolk BA, McFarlane AC, Weisaeth L (Eds), Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind.B. A. Van der Kolk - forthcoming - Body, and Society. New York: The Guilford Press.
  6. The Philosophy of Mind Wandering.Irving Zachary & Thompson Evan - forthcoming - In Fox Kieran & Christoff Kalina (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Spontaneous Thought and Creativity. Oxford University Press.
    Our paper serves as an introduction to a budding field: the philosophy of mind-wandering. We begin with a philosophical critique of the standard psychological definitions of mind-wandering as task-unrelated or stimulus-independent. Although these definitions have helped bring mind-wandering research onto centre stage in psychology and cognitive neuroscience, they have substantial limitations that researchers must overcome to move forward. Specifically, the standard definitions do not account for (i) the dynamics of mind wandering, (ii) task-unrelated thought that does not qualify as mind-wandering, (...)
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  7. Consciousness and Mental Causation: Contemporary Empirical Cases for Epiphenomenalism, in Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Consciousness.Benjamin Kozuch (ed.) - 2021 - Oxford University Press.
    In its classical form, epiphenomenalism is the view that conscious mental events have no physical effects: while physical events cause mental events, the opposite is never true. Unlike classical epiphenomenalism, contemporary forms do not hold that conscious men­ tal states always lack causal efficacy, only that they are epiphenomenal relative to certain kinds of action, ones we pre-theoretically would have thought consciousness to causally contribute to. Two of these contemporary, empirically based challenges to the efficacy of the mental are the (...)
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  8. Intentionality and Temporal Binding: Do Causality Beliefs Increase the Perceived Temporal Attraction Between Events?S. Antusch, H. Aarts, H. Marien & R. Custers - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 77:102835.
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  9. Distal Engagement: Intentions in Perception.Nick Brancazio & Miguel Segundo Ortin - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 79 (March 2020).
    Non-representational approaches to cognition have struggled to provide accounts of long-term planning that forgo the use of representations. An explanation comes easier for cognitivist accounts, which hold that we concoct and use contentful mental representations as guides to coordinate a series of actions towards an end state. One non-representational approach, ecological-enactivism, has recently seen several proposals that account for “high-level” or “representation-hungry” capacities, including long-term planning and action coordination. In this paper, we demonstrate the explanatory gap in these accounts that (...)
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  10. Synchronous Stimulation in the Rubber Hand Illusion Task Boosts the Subsequent Sense of Ownership on the Vicarious Agency Task.Maria Cristina Cioffi, Joshua Hackett & James W. Moore - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 80:102904.
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  11. The Evolving Sense of Agency: Context Recency and Quality Modulate the Interaction Between Prospective and Retrospective Processes.Simone Di Plinio, Simone Arnò, Mauro Gianni Perrucci & Sjoerd J. H. Ebisch - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 80:102903.
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  12. Forcing You to Experience Wonder: Unconsciously Biasing People’s Choice Through Strategic Physical Positioning.Gustav Kuhn, Alice Pailhès & Yuxuan Lan - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 80:102902.
  13. A Case for Conservatism about Animal Consciousness.Samuel Murray - 2020 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 27 (9-10):163-185.
    *Please email me for a copy of the paper if you are interested! -/- Liberal theories of animal consciousness maintain that we should attribute consciousness widely across various species. Conservative theories of animal consciousness maintain that we should not attribute consciousness widely. This paper makes a case for a conservative theory of animal consciousness. The case depends on two defensive moves and one offensive move. The defensive moves indicate that the indistinguishable causal profiles of conscious and non-conscious mental states are (...)
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  14. Libet’s Intention Reports Are Invalid: A Replication of Dominik Et Al.Paul Sanford, Adam L. Lawson, Alexandria N. King & Madison Major - 2020 - Consciousness and Cognition 77:102836.
  15. Überprüfung von "Das Zeug Zum Denken" (The Stuff of Thought) von Steven Pinker (2008) (Überprüfung Überarbeitet 2019).Michael Richard Starks - 2020 - In Willkommen in der Hölle auf Erden: Babys, Klimawandel, Bitcoin, Kartelle, China, Demokratie, Vielfalt, Dysgenie, Gleichheit, Hacker, Menschenrechte, Islam, Liberalismus, Wohlstand, Internet, Chaos, Hunger, Krankheit, Gewalt, Künstliche Intelligenz, Krieg. Las Vegas,NV, USA: Reality Press. pp. 77-90.
    Ich beginne mit einigen berühmten Kommentaren des Philosophen (Psychologen) Ludwig Wittgenstein, weil Pinker mit den meisten Menschen (aufgrund der Standardeinstellungen unserer entwickelten angeborenen Psychologie) bestimmte Vorurteile über das Funktionieren desGeistes teilt und weil Wittgenstein einzigartige und tiefgründige Einblicke in das Wirken von Sprache, Denken und Wirklichkeit bietet (die er als mehr oder weniger koextensiv ansah), die er nirgendwo sonst findet. Diere bezieht sich nur auf Wittgenstein in diesem Band, was sehr bedauerlich ist, wenn man bedenkt, dass er der brillanteste und (...)
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  16. I nostri comportamenti inconsci automatizzati rivelano il nostro vero io e le verità nascoste sull'universo? -- Una recensione di David Hawkins 'Power vs Force: the hidden determinants of human behavior (Potenza vs Forza: i determinanti nascosti del comportamento umano) – edizione autorevole ufficiale dell'autore' 412p (2012)(edizione originale 1995)(revisione 2019).Michael Richard Starks - 2020 - In Benvenuti all'inferno sulla Terra: Bambini, Cambiamenti climatici, Bitcoin, Cartelli, Cina, Democrazia, Diversità, Disgenetica, Uguaglianza, Pirati Informatici, Diritti umani, Islam, Liberalismo, Prosperità, Web, Caos, Fame, Malattia, Violenza, Intellige. Las Vegas, NV, USA: Reality Press. pp. 232-235.
    Sono molto abituato a libri strani e persone speciali, ma Hawkins si distingue per il suo uso di una semplice tecnica per testare la tensione muscolare come chiave per la "verità" di qualsiasi tipo di affermazione di sorta, cioè, non solo per se la persona che viene testata ci crede, ma se è davvero vero! Ciò che è ben noto è che le persone mostreranno risposte fisiologiche e psicologiche automatiche, inconscie, a qualsiasi cosa siano esposte: immagini, suoni, tatto, odori, idee, (...)
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  17. 환원주의 형이상학에서 마음의 또 다른 만화 초상화 '마음의 불투명도'검토 (The Opacity of Mind) by Peter Carruthers (2011).Michael Richard Starks - 2020 - In 지구상의 지옥에 오신 것을 환영합니다 : 아기, 기후 변화, 비트 코인, 카르텔, 중국, 민주주의, 다양성, 역학, 평등, 해커, 인권, 이슬람, 자유주의, 번영, 웹, 혼돈, 기아, 질병, 폭력, 인공 지능, 전쟁. Las Vegas, NV USA: Reality Press. pp. 142-171.
    물질주의, 감소주의, 행동주의, 기능주의, 역동적인 시스템 이론 및 계산주의는 대중적인 견해이지만, 비텐슈타인은 일관되지 않은 것으로 나타났다. 행동의 연구는 인간의 삶의 모든, 을 포괄하지만, 행동은 주로 언어 (위트겐슈타인이 마음과 동일시)언어로 표현, 심지어 의식 부분, 그것은 Searle합리 (LSR)의 논리적 구조를 호출하고 나는 높은 질서 생각의 설명 심리학을 호출하는 프레임 워크를 가지고하는 것이 중요합니다. Wittgenstein과 Searle에 의해 일한 프레임 워크를 요약 한 후, 현대 추론 연구에 의해 확장, 나는 카루터의 견해의 부적절함을 보여, 이는 행동의 대부분의 토론을 침투,, 현대 행동 과학을 포함. 나는 그의 (...)
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  18. Resting EEG in Alpha and Beta Bands Predicts Individual Differences in Attentional Breadth.Brent Pitchford & Karen M. Arnell - 2019 - Consciousness and Cognition 75:102803.
  19. Connecting Action Control and Agency: Does Action-Effect Binding Affect Temporal Binding?Katharina A. Schwarz, Lisa Weller, Roland Pfister & Wilfried Kunde - 2019 - Consciousness and Cognition 76:102833.
  20. Paradoxical Adaptation of Successful Movements: The Crucial Role of Internal Error Signals.Valérie Gaveau, Anne-Emmanuelle Priot, Laure Pisella, Laurence Havé, Claude Prablanc & Yves Rossetti - 2018 - Consciousness and Cognition 64:135-145.
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  21. Visual Experience and Guidance of Action: A Tribute to Bruce Bridgeman.D. Alfred Owens, Guido Hesselmann & Talis Bachmann - 2018 - Consciousness and Cognition 64:1-2.
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  22. Sensation of Movement.Thor Grünbaum & Mark Schram Christensen - 2017 - Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
    Sensation of Movement explores the role of sensation in motor control, bodily self-recognition and sense of agency. The sensation of movement is dependent on a range of information received by the brain, from signalling in the peripheral sensory organs to the establishment of higher order goals. Through the integration of neuroscientific knowledge with psychological and philosophical perspectives, this book questions whether one type of information is more relevant for the ability to sense and control movement. Addressing conscious sensations of movement, (...)
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  23. Review of Human Nature Sandis and Cain Eds. (2012).Michael Starks - 2017 - Philosophy, Human Nature and the Collapse of Civilization -- Articles and Reviews 2006-2017 3rd Ed 686p(2017).
    Like most writing on human behavior, these articles lack a coherent framework and so I hesitate to recommend this book to anyone, as the experienced ought to have about the same perspective I do, and the naïve will mostly be wasting their time. Since I find most of these essays obviously off the mark or just very dull, I can't generate much enthusiasm for commenting on them, so after providing what I consider a reasonable precis of a framework (see my (...)
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  24. Semantic and Pragmatic Integration in Vision for Action.Silvano Zipoli Caiani & Gabriele Ferretti - 2017 - Consciousness and Cognition 48:40-54.
    According to an influential view, the detection of action possibilities and the selection of a plan for action are two segregated steps throughout the processing of visual information. This classical approach is committed with the assumption that two independent types of processing underlie visual perception: the semantic one, which is at the service of the identification of visually presented objects, and the pragmatic one which serves the execution of actions directed to specific parts of the same objects. However, as our (...)
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  25. Readiness Potentials Driven by Non-Motoric Processes.Prescott Alexander, Alexander Schlegel, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Adina L. Roskies, Thalia Wheatley & Peter Ulric Tse - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 39:38-47.
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  26. Temporal Perception in Joint Action: This is MY Action.Francesca Capozzi, Cristina Becchio, Francesca Garbarini, Silvia Savazzi & Lorenzo Pia - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 40:26-33.
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  27. Finger Counting Habit and Spatial–Numerical Association in Children and Adults.Marco Fabbri & Annalisa Guarini - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 40:45-53.
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  28. Through the Forest of Motor Representations.Gabriele Ferretti - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 43:177-196.
  29. The Rapid-Chase Theory Does Not Extend to Movement Execution.Jenna C. Flannigan, Romeo Chua & Erin K. Cressman - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 42:75-92.
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  30. Better Control with Less Effort: The Advantage of Using Focused-Breathing Strategy Over Focused-Distraction Strategy on Thought Suppression.Yu-Jeng Ju & Yunn-Wen Lien - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 40:9-16.
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  31. Conscious Action/Zombie Action.Joshua Shepherd - 2016 - Noûs 50 (2):419-444.
    I argue that the neural realizers of experiences of trying are not distinct from the neural realizers of actual trying . I then ask how experiences of trying might relate to the perceptual experiences one has while acting. First, I assess recent zombie action arguments regarding conscious visual experience, and I argue that contrary to what some have claimed, conscious visual experience plays a causal role for action control in some circumstances. Second, I propose a multimodal account of the experience (...)
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  32. Conflict in the Kitchen: Contextual Modulation of Responsiveness to Affordances.Martijn E. Wokke, Sarah L. Knot, Aisha Fouad & K. Richard Ridderinkhof - 2016 - Consciousness and Cognition 40:141-146.
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  33. Social Cognition in Simple Action Coordination: A Case for Direct Perception.Ekaterina Abramova & Marc Slors - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:519-531.
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  34. Size Estimates of Action-Relevant Space Remain Invariant in the Face of Systematic Changes to Postural Stability and Arousal.Rouwen Cañal-Bruland, Anoek M. Aertssen, Laurien Ham & John Stins - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 34:98-103.
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  35. Ambiguity Between Self and Other: Individual Differences in Action Attribution.Christophe E. de Bézenac, Vanessa Sluming, Noreen O’Sullivan & Rhiannon Corcoran - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 35:1-15.
  36. Direct Social Perception, Mindreading and Bayesian Predictive Coding.Leon de Bruin & Derek Strijbos - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:565-570.
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  37. Influences of Visual and Action Information on Object Identification and Action Production.Geneviève Desmarais, Pamela Hudson & Eric D. Richards - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 34:124-139.
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  38. The Virtual Bodily Self: Mentalisation of the Body as Revealed in Anosognosia for Hemiplegia.Aikaterini Fotopoulou - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 33:500-510.
  39. New Reflections on Agency and Body Ownership: The Moving Rubber Hand Illusion in the Mirror.Paul M. Jenkinson & Catherine Preston - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 33:432-442.
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  40. The Lateral Occipitotemporal Cortex in Action.Angelika Lingnau & Paul E. Downing - 2015 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 19 (5):268-277.
  41. Posture Modulates Implicit Hand Maps.Matthew R. Longo - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:96-102.
  42. Body-Ownership for Actively Operated Non-Corporeal Objects.Ke Ma & Bernhard Hommel - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:75-86.
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  43. The Role of Agency for Perceived Ownership in the Virtual Hand Illusion.Ke Ma & Bernhard Hommel - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:277-288.
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  44. Agentive Awareness is Not Sensory Awareness.Myrto I. Mylopoulos - 2015 - Philosophical Studies 172 (3):761-780.
    In this paper, I argue that the conscious awareness one has of oneself as acting, i.e., agentive awareness, is not a type of sensory awareness. After providing some set up in Sect. 1, I move on in Sect. 2 to sketch a profile of sensory agentive experiences as representational states with sensory qualities by which we come to be aware of ourselves as performing actions. In Sect. 3, I critique two leading arguments in favor of positing such sensory experiences: the (...)
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  45. Body Ownership: When Feeling and Knowing Diverge.Daniele Romano, Anna Sedda, Peter Brugger & Gabriella Bottini - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 34:140-148.
  46. Body-Scaled Affordances in Sensory Substitution.David Travieso, Luis Gómez-Jordana, Alex Díaz, Lorena Lobo & David M. Jacobs - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 38:130-138.
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  47. Examining the Relationship Between Skilled Music Training and Attention.Xiao Wang, Lynn Ossher & Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 36:169-179.
  48. The Use of Realistic and Mechanical Hands in the Rubber Hand Illusion, and the Relationship to Hemispheric Differences.Marco Bertamini & Noreen O’Sullivan - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 27:89-99.
  49. Spatial Content and Motoric Significance.Robert Briscoe - 2014 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 1 (2):199-216.
    According to “actionism” (Noë 2010), perception constitutively depends on implicit knowledge of the way sensory stimulations vary as a consequence of the perceiver’s self-movement. My aim in this contribution is to develop an alternative conception of the role of action in perception present in the work of Gareth Evans using resources provided by Ruth Millikan’s biosemantic theory of mental representation.
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  50. Higher-Order Cognitive Factors Affect Subjective but Not Proprioceptive Aspects of Self-Representation in the Rubber Hand Illusion.Harriet Dempsey-Jones & Ada Kritikos - 2014 - Consciousness and Cognition 26:74-89.
    In the current study we look at whether subjective and proprioceptive aspects of selfrepresentation are separable components subserved by distinct systems of multisensory integration. We used the rubber hand illusion to draw the location of the ‘self’ away from the body, towards extracorporeal space , thereby violating top-down information about the body location. This was compared with the traditional RHI which drew position of the ‘self’ towards the body . We were successfully able to draw proprioceptive position of the limbs (...)
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