BCI and a User’s Judgment of Agency

  • Rutger Vlek
  • Jan-Philip van Acken
  • Evine Beursken
  • Linsey Roijendijk
  • Pim HaselagerEmail author
Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 12)


Performing an action with the assistance of a BCI may affect a user’s judgment of agency, resulting in an illusion of control, or automatism. We analyze this possibility from a theoretical perspective and discuss various factors that might influence a user’s judgment of agency in a BCI context. We present two pilot experiments that illustrate how this theoretical possibility can be investigated experimentally. We examine potential psychological, ethical, and legal implications of mistaken judgments, and potential benefits of the constructive manipulation of a user’s judgment of agency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rutger Vlek
    • 1
  • Jan-Philip van Acken
    • 2
  • Evine Beursken
    • 2
  • Linsey Roijendijk
    • 1
  • Pim Haselager
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Artificial IntelligenceRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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