Induced power changes the sense of agency

Obhi, Sukhvinder S., Swiderski, Kristina M. and Brubacher, Sonja P. 2012, Induced power changes the sense of agency, Consciousness and cognition, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 1547-1550, doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.06.008.

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Title Induced power changes the sense of agency
Author(s) Obhi, Sukhvinder S.
Swiderski, Kristina M.
Brubacher, Sonja P.
Journal name Consciousness and cognition
Volume number 21
Issue number 3
Start page 1547
End page 1550
Total pages 4
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2012-09
ISSN 1053-8100
Keyword(s) agency
sense of agency
intentional binding
voluntary action
personal control
Personal Autonomy
Power (Psychology)
Self Concept
Social Perception
Summary Power differentials are a ubiquitous feature of social interactions and power has been conceptualised as an interpersonal construct. Here we show that priming power changes the sense of agency, indexed by intentional binding. Specifically, participants wrote about episodes in which they had power over others, or in which others had power over them. After priming, participants completed an interval estimation task in which they judged the interval between a voluntary action and a visual effect. After low-power priming, participants judged intervals to be significantly longer than judgments after high-power or no priming. Thus, intentional binding was significantly changed by low-power, suggesting that power reduces the sense of agency for action outcomes. Our results demonstrate a clear intrapersonal effect of power. We suggest that intentional binding could be employed to assess agency in individuals suffering from anxiety and depression, both of which are characterised by reduced feelings of personal control.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.concog.2012.06.008
Field of Research 170201 Computer Perception, Memory and Attention
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
2203 Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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