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When people manipulate moving objects such as motor vehicles or video game avatars, the sense of being "in control" depends on monitoring the predicted and actually perceived consequences of their actions. Previous work has shown how situational variables (e.g. predictability of action effects and achievement of goals) influence the sense of control during visuomotor tasks. However, relatively little is known about individual differences in action monitoring ability in non-clinical populations. This research investigated whether stable psychological traits predict sensitivity to loss of control by measuring response times to the onset of loss of control in a video game-like tracking task. Response times were correlated with individual differences on a battery of tests with theoretical links to action monitoring and sense of control.


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  • Subject
    • Psychological Science

  • Event date
    • 11 November 2016

  • Date submitted

    18 July 2022

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    • Author Biography:

      Dr. John Dewey joined the Department of Psychological Sciences at UNG-Dahlonega this Fall (2016). He earned his bachelor's degree in cognitive science and a master's degree in artificial intelligence from the University of Georgia, and his PhD in psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Dewey's research focuses on the phenomenology of action, particularly the sense of control.