People's Intuitions about Free Will and Neuroscientific Prediction

Jason Shepard, Shane Reuter, and I have a paper that is coming out in Cognition about people's judgments about free will in scenarios describing brain imaging technology that allows perfect
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Jason Shepard, Shane Reuter, and I have a paper that is coming out in Cognition about people's judgments about free will in scenarios describing brain imaging technology that allows perfect prediction based on prior neural activity (short answer: most of our participants are OK with that and think such technology is possible). The studies contrast cases where this technology allows manipulation of neural activity, and hence decisions, and cases where it does not allow such manipulation (only prediction), so there may also be some interesting connections to the discussion and paper just posted by Jonathan Phillips.The online version of the article is free til Oct 30 if you want to see it:“It’s OK if ‘My Brain Made Me Do It’:  People’s Intuitions about Free Will and Neuroscientific Prediction”Cognition 133(2): 502-513, Nov. 2014.

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