Jul 20, 2016

What free will looks like in the brain

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Johns Hopkins University researchers are the first to glimpse the human brain making a purely voluntary decision to act.

Unlike most studies where scientists watch as people respond to cues or commands, Johns Hopkins researchers found a way to observe people’s as they made choices entirely on their own. The findings, which pinpoint the parts of the brain involved in and action, are now online, and due to appear in a special October issue of the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.

“How do we peek into people’s brains and find out how we make choices entirely on our own?” asked Susan Courtney, a professor of psychological and brain sciences. “What parts of the brain are involved in free choice?”

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