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Investigation of intention and agency using TMS

Project Description

We are in collaboration with Caltech to use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate the sense of agency - the sense of ownership or authorship of our actions. TMS is used to artificially activate cortical regions of the brain, and when it is applied to motor cortex participants will move their arms, legs, or other muscles involuntarily. Wittgenstein famously asked “what is left over if I subtract the fact that my arm goes up from that fact that I raise my arm?” We aim to answer this interesting question.