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Complex Structures and Common Dynamics of Self‐Awareness

Edited by Shaun Gallager

in How the Body Shapes the Mind

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199271948
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603112 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199271941.003.0009
Complex Structures and Common Dynamics of Self‐Awareness

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Understanding the dynamics of agency and the sense of bodily ownership of action can be clarified by considering cases where these aspects of experience break down. In schizophrenic symptoms of delusions of control and thought insertion, for example, subjects lose a sense of agency for acting and thinking. Although models of motor control may be able to explain why this happens in the case of delusions of bodily movement, a different model is required to explain thought insertion. This chapter proposed that this alternative model, which is cast in terms of temporality, can be generalized to explain both delusions of control and thought insertion, and show a common structure to embodied action and cognition.

Keywords: sense of agency; sense of ownership; schizophrenia; thought insertion; delusions of control; temporality; motor control; efference copy; hyperrefexivity

Chapter.  17246 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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