Self-Agency and Self-Ownership in Cognitive Mapping

Shahar Arzy*, Daniel L. Schacter

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Abstract

The concepts of agency of one's actions and ownership of one's experience have proved useful in relating body representations to bodily consciousness. Here we apply these concepts to cognitive maps. Agency is defined as ‘the sense that I am the one who is generating the experience represented on a cognitive map’, while ownership is defined as ‘the sense that I am the one who is undergoing an experience, represented on a cognitive map’. The roles of agency and ownership are examined with respect to the transformation between egocentric and allocentric representations and the underlying neurocognitive and computational mechanisms; and within the neuropsychiatric domain, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other memory-related disorders, in which the senses of agency and ownership may be disrupted.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)476-487
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to Drs Morris Moscovitch, Mor Nitzan, Michael Peer, Greg Peters-Founshtein, Nimrod Shaham, Hugo Spiers, and Peggy St Jacques for helpful discussions and comments on parts of the manuscript. The authors? research contributing to this Opinion article is funded by the Israel Science Foundations (grant nos 2598/16 and 1306/18 to S.A.), The Orion Foundation, and the National Institute on Aging (grant R01 NIA008441) and National Institute of Mental Health (grant R01 MH060941) to D.L.S.

Funding Information:
The authors are grateful to Drs Morris Moscovitch, Mor Nitzan, Michael Peer, Greg Peters-Founshtein, Nimrod Shaham, Hugo Spiers, and Peggy St Jacques for helpful discussions and comments on parts of the manuscript. The authors’ research contributing to this Opinion article is funded by the Israel Science Foundations (grant nos 2598/16 and 1306/18 to S.A.), The Orion Foundation , and the National Institute on Aging (grant R01 NIA008441 ) and National Institute of Mental Health (grant R01 MH060941 ) to D.L.S.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • agency
  • memory
  • modeling
  • ownership
  • simulation

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