Towards a Computational Model of the Self-attribution of Agency

  • Koen Hindriks
  • Pascal Wiggers
  • Catholijn Jonker
  • Willem Haselager
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6703)


In this paper, a first step towards a computational model of the self-attribution of agency is presented, based on Wegner’s theory of apparent mental causation. A model to compute a feeling of doing based on first-order Bayesian network theory is introduced that incorporates the main contributing factors to the formation of such a feeling. The main contribution of this paper is the presentation of a formal and precise model that can be used to further test Wegner’s theory against quantitative experimental data.


Computational Model Bayesian Network Causal Attribution Intentional Mechanism Prime Word 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koen Hindriks
    • 1
  • Pascal Wiggers
    • 1
  • Catholijn Jonker
    • 1
  • Willem Haselager
    • 2
  1. 1.Delft University of TechnologyThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

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