“Free Will” Resources

Newest (12/11/2011)

You don’t really exist, do you? by Massimo Pigliucci

*New* Resources

How does neuroscience affect our conception of volition? – Adina Roskies (Annual Review of Neuroscience)

The Lucretian swerve: The biological basis of human behavior and the criminal justice system – Anthony R. Cashmore (PNAS)

Free Will (And Why You Still Don’t Have It) – Sam Harris (Huffington Post)

Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will – Kerri Smith (Nature 477, pp23-25)

What Makes Free Will Free? – Gary Gutting (opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com)

Is Neuroscience the Death of Free Will? – Eddie Nahmias (opinionator.blogs.nytimes)

Another philosopher redefines free will so we can still have it – Jerry Coyne

The Science and Philosophy of Free Will – Massimo Pigliucci, Hakwan Lau, Jesse Prinz, Adina Roskies (Center For Inquiry Roundtable video)

A handy dandy guide for the skeptic of determinism – Massimo Pigliucci

Classic References

Libet, B., Wright, E. W., Feinstein, B., and Pearl, D. Subjective referral of the timing for a conscious sensory experience: A functional role for the somatosensory specific projection system in man, Brain 102:1 (1979), 193-224

B. Libet, The experimental evidence for subjective referral of a sensory experience backwards in time: Reply to P. S. Churchland. Philosophy of Science 48 (1981), 181-197.

B. Libet, C. A. Gleason, E. W. Wright, and D. K. Pearl, Time of conscious intention to act in relation to onset of cerebral activity (readiness-potential): The unconscious initiation of a freely voluntary act. Brain 106 (1983), 623-642.

B. Libet, Unconscious cerebral initiative and the role of conscious will in voluntary action, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 8 (1985), 529-539 DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X00044903

D. Wegner and T. Wheatley, Apparent Mental Causation: Sources of the Experience of Will. American Psychologist 54:7 (1999), 480-492.

A. Wohlschläger, P. Haggard, B. Gesierich and W. Prinz1, The Perceived Onset Time of Self- and Other-Generated Actions, Psychological Science 14:6 (2003) 586-591

H. Aarts, R. Custers and D. Wegner, On the inference of personal authorship: Enhancing experienced agency by priming effect information. Consciousness & Cognition 14 (2005), 439-458

M. Matsuhashi and M. Hallett, The timing of the conscious intention to move. Eur J Neurosci. 28:11 (2008), 2344-51.

C. Soon, M. Brass, H. Heinze and J. Haynes, Unconscious determinants of free decisions in the human brain, Nature neuroscience 11:5 (2008), 543–545. doi:10.1038/nn.2112

K. Vohs and J. Schooler. The Value of Believing in Free Will: Encouraging a Belief in Determinism Increases Cheating. Psychological Science 19 (2008): 49-54. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02045.x)

A. Bandura, Reconstrual of “free will” from the agentic perspective of social cognitive theory. In J. Baer, J. C. Kaufman, & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Are we free?: Psychology and free will, 86-127, Oxford University Press , Oxford, UK, 2008.

Banks and E. Isham, We Infer Rather Than Perceive the Moment We Decided to Act, Psychological Science 20:1 (2009), 17-21

M. Buehner and Gruffydd R. Humphreys, Causal Binding of Actions to Their Effects, Psychological Science 20:10 (2009), 1221-1228, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2009.02435.x

S. Kühn and M. Brass, Retrospective construction of the judgment of free choice. Consciousness and Cognition 18 (2009), 12-21.

H. Aarts and K. van den Bos, On the Foundations of Beliefs in Free Will: Intentional Binding and Unconscious Priming in Self-Agency, Psychological Science 22:4 (2011), 532-537

D. Rigoni, S. Kühn, G. Sartori and M. Brass, Inducing Disbelief in Free Will Alters Brain Correlates of Preconscious Motor Preparation: The Brain Minds Whether We Believe in Free Will or Not. Psychological Science 22 (2011), 613-618.


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