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Free will viewed in brain?

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From Johns Hopkins U:

Johns Hopkins University researchers are the first to glimpse the human brain making a purely voluntary decision to act.

Unlike most brain studies where scientists watch as people respond to cues or commands, Johns Hopkins researchers found a way to observe people’s brain activity as they made choices entirely on their own. The findings, which pinpoint the parts of the brain involved in decision-making and action, are now online, and due to appear in a special October issue of the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics

“How do we peek into people’s brains and find out how we make choices entirely on our own?” asked Susan Courtney, a professor of psychological and brain sciences. “What parts of the brain are involved in free choice?”More.

See also: How can we believe in naturalism if we have no choice?

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4 Replies to “Free will viewed in brain?

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    EDTA says:

    I hope they weren’t using that buggy statistical software that everyone else has been using for analyzing fMRI scans…

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    Querius says:

    Here’s an article about the software that EDTA is referring to:


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    EDTA says:

    Querius @2, thank you. (I thought I had posted a link some weeks ago, but WordPress rejects my posts if I use the same link more than once…)

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    Querius says:

    You’re welcome and good to know. I’ve not been able to find what statistical software that they used.


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