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Motor CognitionWhat actions tell the self$
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Marc Jeannerod

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198569657

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569657.001.0001

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The sense of agency and the self–other distinction

The sense of agency and the self–other distinction

(p.71) Chapter 4 The sense of agency and the self–other distinction
Motor Cognition

Marc Jeannerod

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the role of signals, arising from the execution or the representation of self-generated action, in building a sense of agency, which a subject uses to self-attribute his own actions. Action appears to be the main factor in self-identification by binding together the various signals that arise from the agent's body and from its interaction with the external milieu. The self-other distinction must take into account the fact that action representations also arise from the actions of others, which raises the problem of disentangling one's representations from those of others.

Keywords:   ownership, agency, self-identification, action, self, other

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