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Data from: Ageing and agency: age-related changes in susceptibility to illusory experiences of control

Citation

Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Cocchini, Gianna; Banissy, Michael J.; Moore, James W. (2017), Data from: Ageing and agency: age-related changes in susceptibility to illusory experiences of control, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.td8d3

Abstract

Sense of agency (SoAg) is the feeling of control over one's actions and their effects. It can be augmented or attenuated by internal signals and by external cues. Research has shown a reduction in the SoAg in older adulthood, but the reasons behind this change remain unclear. We investigated agency processing differences that may underpin age-related changes in SoAg. Using a modified version of a vicarious agency paradigm, we tested the modulation of SoAg by manipulating external situational agency cues in younger and older adults. Our results show that the illusion of vicarious agency was less pronounced in older adults. These results were replicated in a second experiment which also showed that older adults performed significantly better in interoception and proprioception tasks. We suggest that increased reliance on internal cues may explain differences in agency processing in older adulthood.

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