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The Conversation: Free will. Why people believe in it even when they’re being manipulated


Magda Osman, Principal Research Associate in Basic and Applied Decision Making at Cambridge Judge Business School, writes about a series of recent studies investigating people’s belief in free will.

“What the findings from our work tells us is that on a fundamental level we want to preserve a belief that we are free to choose. But how much we maintain the belief seems to depend on what is at stake.” Magda says.

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