A new paper in Journal of Experimental Psychology: General!

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We highly recommend a new paper authored by Wiktor Soral and Mirosław Kofta from Warsaw Universitry as well as Marcin Bukowski from our Centre about the control deprivation effects on implicit sense of agency published recently in “Journal of Experimental Psychology: General”.

Research described in this article focused on the impact of experienced uncontrollability on individuals’ sense of self-agency. Previous research on cognitive mechanisms involved in responding to uncontrollable events revealed a critical role of lack of contingency between one’s action and outcomes. Authors examined how prolonged control deprivation affects implicit sense of agency. They exposed participants to action-outcome non-contingency of varying lengths and measured implicit sense of self-agency manifested in intentional binding. Researchers found that control deprivation decreased the intentional binding effect, and that the relationship appeared to be linear: the longer the control deprivation, the smaller the intentional binding effect. Moreover, in the condition of prolonged control deprivation, no intentional binding was observed at all: participants evaluated the time elapsing between the action and the effect as if both occurred separately. These finding suggests that prolonged exposure to uncontrollability has detrimental effects on the ability to detect consequences of one’s actions, the basis of implicit self-agency.

The article can be accessed here: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2020-48291-001