Multiple aspects in the sense of agency

Shaun Gallagher

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Recent significant research in a number of disciplines centers on the concept of the sense of agency. Because many of these studies cut across disciplinary lines there is good reason to seek a clear consensus on what ‘sense of agency’ means. In this paper I indicate some complexities that this consensus might have to deal with. I also highlight an important phenomenological distinction that needs to be considered in any discussion of the sense of agency, regardless of how it gets defined. Finally, I suggest that the sense of agency has an ambiguous phenomenology and I offer some critical comments on current models that fail to notice this ambiguity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-31
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • sense of agency
  • F-intention
  • P-intention
  • intentional aspect
  • motor control
  • phenomenology


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