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Voluntary Action, Illusion of

  • By: Ezequiel Morsella, Margaret T. Lynn & Travis A. Riddle
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

What distinguishes a voluntary action from an involuntary one? That the former may be expressed at will does little to answer the question, because “wills” are difficult to observe in others or other species. For instance, whether a monkey looks rightward ...