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SourceNeuroforum, 16, 2, (2010), pp. 189-193
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SubjectBehaviour Change and Well-being
The question of how we can voluntarily control our behaviour has an enduring fascination for researchers from different disciplines such as philosophy and psychology. At the same time, this question is also related to issues of social relevance such as responsibility and self-control. While research on willed action was long obsessed with the problem of free will, important research in this domain has shifted away from this problem and rather investigates the functional and neural mechanisms underlying intentional action. Recent brain imaging research showed that intentional behaviour can be distinguished from externally guided behaviour on a functional neuroanatomical level. Furthermore, it was proposed that intentional action can be decomposed into different subcomponents. Here we provide an overview of the functional neuroanatomy of intentional action. Furthermore, we discuss recent research of our group on intentional stopping and intentional nonaction.
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