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The Illusion of Conscious Will$
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Daniel M. Wegner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262534925

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262534925.001.0001

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Brain and Body

Brain and Body

Conscious will arises from processes that are psychologically and anatomically distinct from the processes whereby mind creates action.

(p.27) 2 Brain and Body
The Illusion of Conscious Will
Daniel M. Wegner
The MIT Press

This chapter explores the anatomical and temporal origins of the experience of will. It examines issues of where the will arises by considering first the anatomy of voluntary action—how it differs from involuntary action and where in the body it appears to arise. The chapter then moves on to the sensation of effort in the muscles and mind during action to learn how the perception of the body influences the experience of will, and then looks directly at the brain sources of voluntary action through studies of brain stimulation. These anatomical travels are supplemented by a temporal itinerary, an examination of the time course of events in mind and body as voluntary actions are produced.

Keywords:   will, brain, body, voluntary action, involuntary action, effort, brain stimulation

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