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Better Than Conscious?: The Brain, the Psyche, Behavior, and Institutions

Christoph Engel and Wolf Singer

in Better Than Conscious?: Decision Making, the Human Mind, and Implications For Institutions

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262195805
eISBN:
9780262272353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262195805.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

The title of this chapter is deliberately provocative. Intuitively, many will be inclined to see conscious control of mental process as a good thing. Yet control comes at a high price. The ... More


Decomposing the Will: Meeting the Zombie Challenge

Tillmann Vierkant, Julian Kiverstein, and Andy Clark

in Decomposing the Will

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199746996
eISBN:
9780199332502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746996.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Recent results in the cognitive sciences have been interpreted as a challenge to traditional thinking about the will. These interpretations were partly due to misunderstandings between the ... More


Are automated actions beyond conscious access?

Peter McLeod, Peter Sommerville, and Nick Reed

in Measuring the Mind: Speed, control, and age

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198566427
eISBN:
9780191693588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566427.003.0015
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Extensive practice leads to both expertise and automation of actions. Expertise implies knowledge of a skill but automation implies loss of conscious control. So, does practice lead to more or less ... More


Explaining continuous improvement

John Toner, Barbara Gail Montero, and Aidan Moran

in Continuous Improvement: Intertwining Mind and Body in Athletic Expertise

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780198852261
eISBN:
9780191886966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852261.003.0010
Subject:
Psychology, Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, Developmental Psychology

The final chapter synthesizes the arguments presented over the course of the book by suggesting that skill execution continues to be governed by conscious processes even after performers have ... More


Decomposing the Will

Andy Clark, Julian Kiverstein, and Tillmann Vierkant (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199746996
eISBN:
9780199332502
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746996.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

There is growing evidence from the science of human behavior that our everyday, folk understanding of ourselves as conscious, rational, responsible agents may be radically mistaken. The science, some ... More


Consciousness of Action as an Embodied Consciousness

Marc Jeannerod

in Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262162371
eISBN:
9780262281690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262162371.003.0003
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience

People generally remain unaware of many of their own actions, in part because, even when an action is consciously executed, its memory trace does not last long and is thus quickly forgotten. Some ... More


Bypassing Conscious Control: Media Violence, Unconscious Imitation, and Freedom of Speech

Susan Hurley

in Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262162371
eISBN:
9780262281690
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262162371.003.0016
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience

This chapter examines conscious control in relation to violence in the media, unconscious imitation, and freedom of speech. In particular, it discusses whether public policy decisions such as the ... More


‘Conscious’ Direction and the Growth of Reason

Bruce Caldwell (ed.)

in Studies on the Abuse and Decline of Reason: Text and Documents

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226321097
eISBN:
9780226321127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226321127.003.0011
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

The ideal of conscious control of social phenomena has made its greatest influence felt in the economic field. This chapter explores the universal demand for “conscious” control or direction of ... More


Just-do-it Versus Cognition-in-action

Barbara Gail Montero

in Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780199596775
eISBN:
9780191822308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596775.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter explains the “just-do-it principle” (the central target of the book), categorizes the various positions on expertise encountered in the prior chapter, and pulls apart the different kinds ... More


Self-regulation, controlled processes, and the treatment of addiction

Andrew J. Vonasch, Heather M. Maranges, and Roy F. Baumeister

in Addiction and Choice: Rethinking the relationship

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198727224
eISBN:
9780191833427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198727224.003.0016
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

A common view is that a core feature of addiction is loss of conscious control. We present an alternative view in which we emphasize the role of conscious control and self-regulation in both ... More


Engineers and Planners

Bruce Caldwell (ed.)

in Studies on the Abuse and Decline of Reason: Text and Documents

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226321097
eISBN:
9780226321127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226321127.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

The present popularity of “economic planning” is directly traceable to the prevalence of the scientistic ideas. As in this field the scientistic ideals manifest themselves in the particular forms ... More


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