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Planning not to do something: does intending not to do something activate associated sensory consequences?

Simone Kühn (UGent) and Marcel Brass (UGent)
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The present fMRI study investigated the central assumptions of ideomotor theory that actions become associated with their sensory consequences. Furthermore, we tested whether sensory effects can also become associated with the voluntary omission of an action. In a training phase, participants had to decide between executing an action and not executing it. Both decisions were followed by a specific effect tone. In the test phase, the participants had to carry out actions without hearing the effect tone. They either had to decide whether to execute an action or not or were instructed to execute an action or not. Our results reveal an increased activity in the auditory cortex elicited by responses that formerly elicited a tone namely, self-chosen actions and self-chosen nonactions. Moreover, we found binding effects for stimulus-cued actions, but not for stimulus-cued nonactions. These findings support ideomotor theory by showing that a link exists between actions and their effects. Furthermore, our data demonstrate on a neural level that effect tones can become associated with intentionally not acting, therewith supporting the idea of a binding between the voluntary omission of an action and its effects in the environment.
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EFFECT ANTICIPATION, MECHANISM

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Kühn, Simone, and Marcel Brass. 2010. “Planning Not to Do Something: Does Intending Not to Do Something Activate Associated Sensory Consequences?” Cognitive Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience 10 (4): 454–459.
APA
Kühn, S., & Brass, M. (2010). Planning not to do something: does intending not to do something activate associated sensory consequences? COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE, 10(4), 454–459.
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Kühn S, Brass M. Planning not to do something: does intending not to do something activate associated sensory consequences? COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE. 2010;10(4):454–9.
MLA
Kühn, Simone, and Marcel Brass. “Planning Not to Do Something: Does Intending Not to Do Something Activate Associated Sensory Consequences?” COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE & BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE 10.4 (2010): 454–459. Print.
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  abstract     = {The present fMRI study investigated the central assumptions of ideomotor theory that actions become associated with their sensory consequences. Furthermore, we tested whether sensory effects can also become associated with the voluntary omission of an action. In a training phase, participants had to decide between executing an action and not executing it. Both decisions were followed by a specific effect tone. In the test phase, the participants had to carry out actions without hearing the effect tone. They either had to decide whether to execute an action or not or were instructed to execute an action or not. Our results reveal an increased activity in the auditory cortex elicited by responses that formerly elicited a tone namely, self-chosen actions and self-chosen nonactions. Moreover, we found binding effects for stimulus-cued actions, but not for stimulus-cued nonactions. These findings support ideomotor theory by showing that a link exists between actions and their effects. Furthermore, our data demonstrate on a neural level that effect tones can become associated with intentionally not acting, therewith supporting the idea of a binding between the voluntary omission of an action and its effects in the environment.},
  author       = {K{\"u}hn, Simone and Brass, Marcel},
  issn         = {1530-7026},
  journal      = {COGNITIVE AFFECTIVE \& BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE},
  keyword      = {EFFECT ANTICIPATION,MECHANISM},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {454--459},
  title        = {Planning not to do something: does intending not to do something activate associated sensory consequences?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/CABN.10.4.454},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2010},
}

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