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The Sense of Agency$
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Patrick Haggard and Baruch Eitam

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190267278

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267278.001.0001

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Goals and the Sense of Agency

Goals and the Sense of Agency

The Case of Goal Conflicts

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The Sense of Agency

Tali Kleiman

Oxford University Press

Conflicts have been the center of interest for many researchers coming from utterly different research fields. The basic question to ask when considering goal conflicts and agency in tandem is whether a conflict, as compared to a “smooth” flow of intentions and their execution, changes one’s sense of agency. A fit between one’s goals has traditionally been considered as beneficiary, whereas a misfit is usually less so. From this perspective, conflicts in general and goal conflicts specifically should have unfavorable effects on agency as well. On the other hand, the association of conflict and the resulting activation of control to guide goal-directed behavior may provide a different take on the consequences of conflict for agency. This chapter outlines research on goal conflicts from these two perspectives, includes consideration of the issue of consciousness, and makes an attempt to explicitly consider how goal conflicts affect human sense of agency.

Keywords:   conflict, goals, intentionality, consciousness, agency

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