Mechanisms involved in agency attribution and their contributions to normal and abnormal experience of agency
Preston, Catherine E. J. (2008) Mechanisms involved in agency attribution and their contributions to normal and abnormal experience of agency. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Agency attribution is the ability to distinguish between events that occur as a result of our own actions and events that occur as a result of the actions of other people. Previous accounts of agency attribution have been mainly divided into two camps, either explaining agency in terms of high-level conscious processes (Stephens and Graham, 2000) or low-level Comparator Model (CM) processes (Frith et al. 2000). Recently, however, theorists have begun to incorporate these two approaches, but as the bulk of previous experiments fail to specify which aspects of agency are investigated, little empirical evidence exists to inform us about how these different mechanisms interact.
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