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Wolfgang Prinz, Miriam Beisert, and Arvid Herwig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262018555

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262018555.001.0001

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Volition in Action: Intentions, Control Dilemmas, and the Dynamic Regulation of Cognitive Control

Volition in Action: Intentions, Control Dilemmas, and the Dynamic Regulation of Cognitive Control

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(p.408) (p.409) 16 Volition in Action: Intentions, Control Dilemmas, and the Dynamic Regulation of Cognitive Control
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Action Science
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Thomas Goschke

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018555.003.0016

This chapter focuses on addressing different aspects of the determination of voluntary action, describes the cognitive basis of voluntary action, and examines the role of objectives in the ensuing action. It finds that the objectives or goals play a much more dominant indirect role in determining actions and can be described in terms of internal limitations that predefine response distributions and determine which of these are influenced by stimuli. The chapter also examines cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in optional control procedures that help to realize the objectives despite the presence of competing regular or emotional responses. It furthermore addresses the core issue of how cognitive control mechanisms are monitored.

Keywords:   voluntary action, cognitive basis, internal limitations, response distributions, cognitive control

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