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Free Will from the Neuroscience Point of View

20 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2013 Last revised: 17 Sep 2013

Armando Freitas da Rocha

Research on Artificial and Natural Intelligence (RANI)

Fábio T. Rocha

Research on Artificial and Natural Intelligence (RANI)

Date Written: September 14, 2013

Abstract

There is still a controversy if human volitions and actions are governed by causal laws or obeys free will. Neurosciences start to study the neural correlates of free will by investigating how brains make decisions. Here, some of questions about free will are discussed from the neurosciences point of view taking into consideration a neuroeconomic model of decision making. This model is used here with the purpose of providing very formal definitions of key concepts raised in any free will discussion such as goals, necessity, motivation, etc., and to provide a formal background for discussing decision making. One of the conclusions of this discussion is that free will is computable but unpredictable, therefore not submitted to causal laws. In addition, the electroencephalogram was recorded in an experiment about choice selection of alternative actions and it presented here as an example of how neurosciences may study the neural correlates of free will.

Keywords: decision making, free will, electroencephalogram, emotion, reason, neuroeconomics

Suggested Citation

da Rocha, Armando Freitas and Rocha, Fábio T., Free Will from the Neuroscience Point of View (September 14, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2325902 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2325902

Armando Freitas Da Rocha (Contact Author)

Research on Artificial and Natural Intelligence (RANI) ( email )

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Jundiai, 13207-110
Brazil

Fábio T. Rocha

Research on Artificial and Natural Intelligence (RANI) ( email )

Rua Tenente Ary Aps, 172
Jundiai, 13207-110
Brazil

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