Free Won’t

“Free Will, and Free Won’t” – so goes the title for chapter 9 of Jeffrey Schwartz’s (2002) book “The Mind & The Brain”. Research there suggests that volition may not just be the result of a conscious intent to do something but, and perhaps more likely, the direction of attention to not do something. Experimental timings show that neurophysiological activity is at play to prompt the host to perform an action even before the notion surfaces into conscious awareness. This is the concept of “free won’t”. Volition expressed as the making the deliberate choice to expend attentive effort to effect inhibition.

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