Time perception and the experience of agency in meditation and hypnosis

Lush, P and Dienes, Z (2019) Time perception and the experience of agency in meditation and hypnosis. PsyCh Journal. ISSN 2046-0252 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Mindfulness meditation and hypnosis are related in opposing ways to awareness of intentions. The cold control theory of hypnosis proposes that hypnotic responding involves the experience of involuntariness while performing an actually intentional action. Hypnosis therefore relies upon inaccurate metacognition about intentional actions and experiences. Mindfulness meditation centrally involves awareness of intentions and is associated with improved metacognitive access to intentions. Therefore, mindfulness meditators and highly hypnotisable people may lie at opposite ends of a spectrum with regard to metacognitive access to intention-related information. Here we review the theoretical background and evidence for differences in the metacognition of intentions in these groups, as revealed by chronometric measures of the awareness of voluntary action: the timing of an intention to move (Libet’s ‘W’ judgements) and the compressed perception of time between an intentional action and its outcome (‘intentional binding’). We review these measures and critically evaluate their proposed connection to the experience of volition and sense of agency.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Sanjeedah Choudhury
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2019 12:31
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2019 14:00
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81451

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