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Change Your Mind About Free Will

Presenter:

Olaf Blanke

Time:

2:34

Summary

Is free will just an illusion? For decades, a signal from the brain called the “readiness potential” has been interpreted to mean that free will may be an illusion.

Transcript

So we studied the brain process of free will. So what's free will take an example from dinner whether you want water, beer, or wine, or what, whether you want chocolate for dessert. Compare this with involuntary actions like trembling or other movements, withdrawing the hand from a hot plate.


What we found surprisingly is that free will or voluntary action is dependent on a very cy. Inner activity related to breathing. The ongoing activity of breathing strongly modulates and predicts when the subject is going to press the button. So we used really simple experimenters set up so the participants can press the button whenever they want.

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