Sensorimotor conflicts alter metacognitive and action monitoring

Nathan Faivre, Laurène Vuillaume, Fosco Bernasconi, Roy Salomon, Olaf Blanke, Axel Cleeremans

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Abstract

While sensorimotor signals are known to modulate perception, little is known about their influence on higher-level cognitive processes. Here, we applied sensorimotor conflicts while participants performed a perceptual task followed by confidence judgments. Results showed that sensorimotor conflicts altered metacognitive monitoring by decreasing metacognitive performance. In a second experiment, we replicated this finding and extended our results by showing that sensorimotor conflicts also altered action monitoring, as measured implicitly through intentional binding. In a third experiment, we replicated the same effects on intentional binding with sensorimotor conflicts related to the hand rather than to the trunk. However, effects of hand sensorimotor conflicts on metacognitive monitoring were not significant. Taken together, our results suggest that metacognitive and action monitoring may involve endogenous, embodied processes involving sensorimotor signals which are informative regarding the state of the decider.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-234
Number of pages11
JournalCortex
Volume124
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

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© 2019 Elsevier Ltd

Funding

This work was supported by Swiss National Science Foundation 51AU40_125759, the Bertarelli Foundation and a European Research Council Advanced Grant RADICAL to A.C. N.F. was an Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Fellow cofunded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie. R.S. was supported by the National Center of Competence in Research (SYNAPSY: The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases), financed by Swiss National Science Foundation 51AU40_125759. A.C. is a Research Director with the F.R.S.-FNRS (Belgium). This work was supported by Swiss National Science Foundation 51AU40_125759 , the Bertarelli Foundation and a European Research Council Advanced Grant RADICAL to A.C.. N.F. was an Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Fellow cofunded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie. R.S. was supported by the National Center of Competence in Research (SYNAPSY: The Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases), financed by Swiss National Science Foundation 51AU40_125759. A.C. is a Research Director with the F.R.S.-FNRS (Belgium).

FundersFunder number
Swiss National Science Foundation 51AU40_125759
Fondation Bertarelli
H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
nccr – on the move
European Research Council
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung51AU40_125759
Fonds De La Recherche Scientifique - FNRS
National Center of Competence in Research Quantum Science and Technology

    Keywords

    • Action monitoring
    • Intentional binding
    • Metacognition
    • Metacognitive monitoring
    • Sensorimotor conflict

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