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Dartmouth’s Adina Roskies Explores the Nature of Free Will

Experiments spanning the 1960s and 1980s measured brain signals noninvasively and led many neuroscientists to believe that our brains make decisions before we do — that human actions were initiated by electrical waves that did not reflect free, conscious thought. However, a new article in Trends in Cognitive Sciences argues that recent research undermines this case against free will. “This new perspective on the data turns on its head the interpretation of well-known findings,” says Adina Roskies, the Helman Family Distinguished Professor and professor of philosophy, who reviewed the latest research and co-wrote the article. “The new interpretation accounts for the data while undermining all the reasons to think it challenges free will.”

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