Psy 123_Lec 17 Conscious Free Will

Does free will exist can we assign personal

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Unformatted text preview: to the awareness of the urge to move! Recent results: Soon and colleagues (2008) found the neural marker of a motor preparation 10 seconds before the awareness of the movement ! Does Free Will Exist?! Can we assign personal responsibility to an individual with abnormal brain functioning?! Neural Basis of Moral Reasoning! So does free will really exist? If this is true -- our conscious awareness is delay -- that it is so hard wired in our brain that there is no free will. Can we assign personal responsibility if there is no free will? We know, based on what we talked about in the brain, that when things are not functioning, there can be abnormal reasoning and decision making. What about the mind of a psychopath? We know the mind of a psychopath is not normal Does Free Will Exist?! Can we assign personal responsibility to an individual with abnormal brain functioning?! Rapes and murdered woman and was diagnosed as being a psychopath. His lawyer claimed that based on his brain activity, he couldn't be held responsible for his actions. Has been shown there are several regions that appear to be malfunctioning in a psychopathic brain -- the paralimbic regions -- the amygdala, the MTL, ACC (monitoring response & error detection), OBF (inhibitory control and emotion regulations). Can we hold these people personally responsible. One of the problems is can we really use these neuroimaging methods. Even w/i normal brain, w/ normal people, they can have very different patterns of brain activity. Multiple realizabilities (multiple ways to achieve same behavior). Even though very different patterns of activity, these people generally have the same pattern of brain activity. Alot of these differences can be due differences in personality, state of mind, whether they had coffee or not. Does Free Will Exist?! Can we assign personal responsibility to an individual with abnormal brain functioning?! Illustration of event-related potential (ERP) data from studies in criminal psychopaths depicting the late ERP negativities observe...
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2014 for the course PSY 123 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at UCSB.

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