Free Will Debates: Simple Experiments Are Not So Simple

W.R. Klemm, Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 2010, 6, 6, 47-65.

Abstract: The notion that free will is an illusion has achieved such wide acceptance among philosophers and neuroscientists that it seems to be acquiring the status of dogma. Nonetheless, research in this area continues, and this review offers a new analysis of the design limitations and data interpretations of free-will experiments. This review presents 12 categories of questionable conclusions that some scholars use to promote the idea that free will is an illusion. The next generation of less ambiguous experiments is proposed.