July 25, 2016 12:30 - 14:00

The influence of attention on sense of agency

[Speaker] Wen, Wen:1
[Co-author] Yamashita, Atsushi:1, Asama, Hajime:1
1:The University of Tokyo (Japan)

Sense of agency (SoA) refers to the subjective feeling of controlling events through one's behavior. Attention is the process of focusing one's consciousness on specific stimuli or processes. The present study examined the influence of the three aspects of attention-attentional resource, arousal, and attentional level-on both explicit implicit aspects of SoA. Results from three experiment showed that all the three aspects of attention affected the SoA. First, limited attentional resource resulted in lower SoA when there was no specific goal for actions, but did not affect SoA where the participants acted based on a cued goal. Second, arousal enhanced the implicit aspect of SoA-the intentional binding effect, but did not influence the explicit judgment of agency. At last, attentional level influenced the dominances of processes underlying SoA, resulting in higher sense of agency when people focused on overall level and acquired good feedback of task performance.
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