Consciousness and Cognition 21 (1):59-68 (2012)

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Sense of agency 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
Keywords info:mesh/Cues  Humans   Brain Diseases   Bayes Theorem   Self Concept   Internal-External Control   Cues   Volition   Schizophrenic Psychology   Models, Psychological   Feedback, Sensory  info:mesh/Feedback, Sensory  info:mesh/Models, Psychological  info:mesh/Brain Diseases  info:mesh/Volition  info:mesh/Bayes Theorem  info:mesh/Schizophrenic Psychology  info:mesh/Internal-External Control  info:mesh/Self Concept  info:mesh/Humans
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DOI 10.1016/j.concog.2011.08.010
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