Introduction been collected only infrequently. (209) Regardless

Introduction

The existence and possible nature
of free will have been debated for centuries by scholars in diverse fields. (Baumeister & Brewer, 2012, p.
736). Although the question of whether we have free will and
are responsible for our actions and behaviour still remains a compelling
mystery.  Psychologists and philosophers have debated
what free will means to the ordinary person or the nature of its common usage,
data bearing on the issue have been collected only infrequently. (209) Regardless of how most of us view free will in the abstract,
our conscious experience generally provides us with
the sense that
we have it. (People believe
they have more free will than others).

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The approach to
the subject has switched from theoretical to experimental due to the emerging new
findings of cognitive psychology and neuroscience. fMRI
studies have already begun to elucidate the mechanisms by which our brains make
decisions, and faster, more accurate technology is sure to arrive in the near
future. (Can neuroscience inform the debate of free will)

Following the
growing progress in the field it is certain that the physical and compelling
forces involved in our decision-making processes will be more widely comprehended
and, thus, more notable. (Can neuroscience inform the debate of free will)

 At the core of the question of free will is a
debate about the psychological causes of action.

Belief in free will alludes to the belief that human beings
are autonomous agents who can decide their choices and behaviours from multiple
options.

In contrast to this, disbelievers in free will think that
human beings’ actions are illusions that are determined by the principles of
the universe. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3951431/

Some people
believe more than others in free will,
and researchers have both measured
and manipulated those
beliefs. (Layperson zavrsen) Variations in beliefs
about free will have been shown to cause a variety of
changes in interpersonal and moral behavior (e.g.,
Vohs & Schooler, 2008). (Free will and choice)

 

This essay will attempt to examine the essentiality and
implications of our belief in free will on our behaviour and the
interconnection with other psychological traits. The
purpose of this essay in not to provide a unified conceptualization of free
will or to determine whether we, as human beings, have free will or not.  It is important to mention that we as human
beings want to believe that we are the creators of our own thoughts and decisions
even though free will remains something that we cannot answer by intuition or
common sense.