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Neurophilosophy of free will online seminar series 6 - Free Will and the COINTOB Model of Decision-Making

The COINTOB (conditional intention and integration to bound) model provides a heuristic framework of processes in Libet-style experiments. The model is based on three assumptions. First, brain activation preceding conscious intentions in Libet-style experiments does not reflect an unconscious decision but rather the unfolding of a decision process. Second, the time of conscious decision (W) reflects the moment in time when the decision boundary is crossed. This interpretation of W is consistent with our apparent intuition that we decide in the moment we experience the conscious intention to act. Third, the decision process is configured by conscious intentions that participants form at the beginning of the experiment based on the experimental instruction. Brass and Mele discuss the model, conceptual background for it, and the model’s bearing on free will.

Mar 8, 2021 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Marcel Brass
Einstein Professor of Social Intelligence @Humboldt University of Berlin
Al Mele
William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor @Florida State University
Mathieu Landry
Postdoc @Chapman University