Performance monitoring reconciles intentional reasons with neural causes.

Schall JD, Garr AK
Cogn Neurosci. 2014 5 (3-4): 214-6

PMID: 25157854 · DOI:10.1080/17588928.2014.951616

Endorsing the conceptual clarity of Nachev and Hacker, we offer an alternative perspective on intention and action that focuses on consequences instead of the antecedents of action. We propose that given many-to-one mapping of brain states to body movements, the brain processes that monitor action consequences offer a reconciliation of intentional reasons with neural causes. This proposal offers an enriched compatibilist position providing useful leverage on questions of responsibility and culpability.

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Brain Brain Mapping Humans Intention Movement Social Behavior

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