The psychology of agency and control

 

How much control do we have over our own lives? What role does the unconscious play in our decision-making? Psychologist Magda Osman talks to Raj Persaud about these issues and the various studies that have been conducted around agency and control.


 

Date published: 12 March 2015

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr Magda Osman

Audio running time: 46 minutes

Credits: 0.5

 

Learning outcomes

 

By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:

 

  • the psychological processes of agency and control

 

  • the mechanisms we use to help us predict, plan for and attempt to control the future

 

  • the experimental evidence regarding depressed peoples' sense of agency and control

 

  • studies regarding the effects of subliminal advertising

 

  • the relationship between our sense of agency, value system and self-control.

 

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