Intentionality and The Self: Relationship Between Libet's Timing of Intent and Experience of The Self Sara Lomayesva , Mingli Liang, Steven Horkey, Hannah Gaffney, Eve Isham (Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ ) C7
Libet's time W is defined as the earliest moment in which one consciously experiences an urge to generate a willful action. Time W is backward referenced from the moment of the intended motor response. Although there are concerns surrounding time W, this subjective temporal experience nevertheless still can provide insights into consciousness research. In the current study, we examined time W in conjunction with a time reproduction task, another unique conscious experience. The data are interpreted in the context of selfhood which includes the theoretical dichotomy of minimal and narrative selves (James, 1890/1950). Past research suggests minimal self to operate at the short, sub-seconds timescale while narrative self extends into the supra-seconds range and beyond (Wittmann, 2011). Our data revealed a correlation between the magnitude of W and the amount of time dilation in the supra-seconds range but not in the sub-seconds timescale. These findings suggest that while the veridical W may have an internal origin, but the subjective experience of W however is likely brought forward from the conscious narrative self. This in turn suggests that subjective intent is the byproduct of consciousness rather than the origin.