The anarchic hand syndrome and utilization behavior: a window onto agentive self-awareness

Pacherie, Elisabeth (2007) The anarchic hand syndrome and utilization behavior: a window onto agentive self-awareness. Functional Neurology; New Trends in Interventional Neurosciences, 22 (4). pp. 211-217. ISSN 1971-3274

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Two main approaches can be discerned in the literature on agentive self-awareness: a top-down approach, according to which agentive self-awareness is fundamentally holistic in nature and involves the operations of a central-systems narrator, and a bottom-up approach that sees agentive self-awareness as produced by low-level processes grounded in the very machinery responsible for motor production and control. Neither approach is entirely satisfactory if taken in isolation; however, the question of whether their combination would yield a full account of agentive self-awareness remains very much open. In this paper, I contrast two disorders affecting the control of voluntary action: the anarchic hand syndrome and utilization behavior. Although in both conditions patients fail to inhibit actions that are elicited by objects in the environment but inappropriate with respect to the wider context, these actions are experienced in radically different ways by the two groups of patients. I discuss how top-down and bottom-up processes involved in the generation of agentive self-awareness would have to be related in order to account for these differences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agentive self-awareness, anarchic hand syndrome, motor control, utilization behaviour, voluntary action
Subjects: 100 Filosofia e Psicologia > 150 Psicologia > 153 Processi mentali consci e intelligenza (Classificare qui la conoscenza, le Scienze cognitive, la Psicologia cognitiva, i processi intellettuali, le opere d'insieme sulle emozioni e la conoscenza)
600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale) > 616.8 Malattie del sistema nervoso e disturbi mentali (Classificare qui la Neuropsichiatria, la Neurologia) > 616.89 Disturbi psichici (Classificare qui Psicologia patologica e clinica, Psichiatria, Psichiatria computazionale, Neuropsicologia, il comportamento anormale comparato degli animali, le psicosi) (Include le manifestazioni dei disturbi mentali)
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2012 09:48
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2012 11:35

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