Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

225

Date

2011

Date of Award

4-15-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Rick Dale

Committee Member

Yuhua Li

Committee Member

Roger Kreuz

Abstract

The perceptual illusion known as "The Illusion of Authorship" has received much attention in recent years. It reflects a false belief that one has willed or authoered an event to occur, when in actuality it was simply coincidence or chance. Previous research has focused on motor movements and the participant's perception of their movement. Researchers have failed to expand on this illusion and apply it to other cognitive processes, such as knowledge, metacognition, memory, etc. Two experiments were conducted using an action dynamics approach, by collecting arm movement trajectories with the Nintendo Wii remote. It was predicted that (1) arm movements will serve as signatures for metacognition (Experiment 1) and (2) that perception of arm movements should influence that metacognition (Experiment 2). A relationship was discovered between arm movements and metacognition. In the second experiment, the effect of self-action perception had no significant effect on feeling of knowing.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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