Summary #1018

You’re more likely to make a decision when you breathe out

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  • We make conscious decisions when we breathe out, says new study involving 52 people pressing a button, monitored with brain, heart and lung sensors.
  • The study links breathing to the Readiness Potential (RP, a brain signal that precedes intention), and shows that we make the most decisions when we breathe out.
  • No correlation was found between decisions and heartbeat, showing that the lungs, and the signals they send, are more important to voluntary action.
  • RP has been debated for decades, many saying that it means we have no free will and our bodies control us.
  • This study doesn’t tell us if free will is real, but it explains -when- we do things – the findings will help neuroscience, as well as many other research fields.

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