Science tries to understand human action from two perspectives,
the cognitive and the volitional. The volitional approach, in
contrast to the more dominant "outside-in" studies of cognition,
looks at actions from the inside out, examining how actions are
formed and informed by internal conditions. In Disorders of
Volition, scholars from a range of disciplines seek to advance our
understanding of the processes supporting voluntary action by
addressing conditions in which the will is impaired. Philosophers,
psychologists, neuroscientists, and psychiatrists examine the will
and its pathologies from both theoretical and empirical
perspectives, offering a conceptual overview and discussing
specific neurological and psychiatric conditions as disorders of
volition.After presenting different conceptual frameworks that
identify agency, decision making, and goal pursuit as central
components of volition, the book examines how impairments in these
and other aspects of volition manifest themselves in schizophrenia,
depression, prefrontal lobe damage, and substance
abuse.Contributors: George Ainslie, Tim Bayne, Antoine Bechara,
Paul W. Burgess, Anna-Lisa Cohen, Daniel Dennett, Stephanie Dubal,
Philippe Fossati, Chris Frith, Sam J. Gilbert, Peter Gollwitzer,
Jordan Grafman, Patrick Haggard, Jay G. Hull, Marc Jeannerod,
Roland Jouvent, Frank Krueger, Neil Levy, Peter F. Liddle, Kristen
L. Mackiewitz, Thomas Metzinger, Jack B. Nitschke, Jiro Okuda,
Adrian M. Owen, Chris Parry, Wolfgang Prinz, Joelle Proust, Michael
A. Sayette, Werner X. Schneider, Natalie Sebanz, Jon S. Simons,
Laurie B. Slone, Sean A. Spence"
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