Feeling of control of an action after supra and subliminal haptic distortions.

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Date publication

septembre 2015


Consciousness and cognition


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Tous les auteurs :
Weibel S, Poncelet PE, Delevoye-Turrell Y, Capobianco A, Dufour A, Brochard R, Ott L, Giersch A


Here we question the mechanisms underlying the emergence of the feeling of control that can be modulated even when the feeling of being the author of one's own action is intact. With a haptic robot, participants made series of vertical pointing actions on a virtual surface, which was sometimes postponed by a small temporal delay (15 or 65 ms). Subjects then evaluated their subjective feeling of control. Results showed that after temporal distortions, the hand-trajectories were adapted effectively but that the feeling of control decreased significantly. This was observed even in the case of subliminal distortions for which subjects did not consciously detect the presence of a distortion. Our findings suggest that both supraliminal and subliminal temporal distortions that occur within a healthy perceptual-motor system impact the conscious experience of the feeling of control of self-initiated motor actions.

Mots clés

Agency, Consciousness, Feeling of control, Haptic feedback, Internal models, Motor control, Prediction


Conscious Cogn. 2015 09;35:16-29