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The Lost SelfPathologies of the Brain and Identity$
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Todd E. Feinberg and Julian Paul Keenan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173413.001.0001

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Recognizing the Sensory Consequences of One’s Own Actions and Delusions of Control

Recognizing the Sensory Consequences of One’s Own Actions and Delusions of Control

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(p.181) 12 Recognizing the Sensory Consequences of One’s Own Actions and Delusions of Control
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The Lost Self
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SARAH-JAYNE BLAKEMORE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173413.003.0012

This chapter examines schizophrenia and agency. In schizophrenic patients there is a tendency to misattribute behaviors initiated by the self to an external agent. The chapter describes experimental examinations of this tendency, focusing especially on PET imaging during voluntary action. It suggests that two regions appear important for the sense of agency, specifically the cerebellum and the parietal cortex. Excessive activity of a cerebellar-parietal network results in misattribution of agency such that self-generated actions are thought to have an external origin.

Keywords:   self, schizophrenia, agency, schizophrenic patients, cerebellum, parietal cortex

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