As humans, we like to think that our decisions are under our conscious control — that we have free will. Philosophers have debated that concept for centuries, and now Haynes and other experimental neuroscientists are raising a new challenge. They argue that consciousness of a decision may be a mere biochemical afterthought, with no influence whatsoever on a person’s actions. According to this logic, they say, free will is an illusion. “We feel we choose, but we don’t,” says Patrick Haggard, a neuroscientist at University College London.
This quote, is from this story, and it is worth a read if you are interested in free will research (the original papers are linked within the article).
I get a lot of questions about my Ph.D. project, and the article linked above is a good read to get the gist of what I am studying in my first lab rotation. I will eventually sit down and write it out properly (read: in normal english not written to impress research councils only), but for now here is the official blurb for my first project if you want to read it.