Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

A social psychologist illuminates cognition

Amir Raz a1 and Kim L. Norman a2
a1 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY 10032 [email protected]
a2 Department of Psychology, Barnard College, New York, NY 10027 [email protected]


Sprinkled with humor, social psychology illuminates cognition in Wegner's beautifully written and cleverly crafted book. However, scantily exploiting such themes as psychopathology, development, and neural correlates of consciousness, Wegner's account does not fully project into cognitive neuroscience. Broaching the topic of self-regulation, we outline neurocognitive data supplementing the notion that voluntariness is perhaps more post hoc ascriptions than bona fide introspection.