L.J.F. Asma MSc MA

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photo Lieke Asma
PhD student

In 2008 I completed the master Cognitive Psychology at the University of Twente. For my graduation project I studied the influence of emotion on pain perception by analysing event-related potentials. During my master study and after my graduation I worked as a teacher in Psychology at the University of Twente and at the Radboud University Nijmegen. In August 2013 I obtained my master’s degree cum laude in Philosophy of Behavioral Science from the Radboud University. I wrote my master assignment on the relationship between free will and mental disorders. My main areas of interest are philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and philosophical anthropology.

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Within the project Science beyond Scientism I study the relationship between neuroscientific and psychological research and free will. Several experiments seem to show that our actions are not caused by conscious intentions, but both our actions and our conscious intentions are caused by processes we are not aware of. Researchers are inclined to conclude from this that free will is an illusion or does not exist. I will study to what extent this claim is valid and which underlying assumptions about free will play a role in drawing these conclusions from the experimental results.

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