Encyclopedia of Neuroscience

2009 Edition
| Editors: Marc D. Binder, Nobutaka Hirokawa, Uwe Windhorst

Mental Causation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29678-2_3432


Mental causation” is a term for the causal interaction between mental and physical phenomena. Although it applies to physical-to-mental causation and mental-tomental causation no less than to mental-to-physical causation, it is customarily reserved for instances of mental-to-physical causation, as when a sharp pain makes one wince, fear makes the heart beat faster, remembering an embarrassing situation makes one blush, and Fred's desire for beer and his belief that there is beer in the fridge cause him to go to the fridge.


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