Sense of agency over thought: External misattribution of thought in a memory task and proneness to auditory hallucination

Eriko Sugimori, Tomohisa Asai, Yoshihiko Tanno

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Previous studies have suggested that auditory hallucination is closely related to thought insertion. In this study, we investigated the relationship between the external misattribution of thought and auditory hallucination-like experiences. We used the AHES-17, which measures auditory hallucination-like experiences in normal, healthy people, and the Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm, in which false alarms of critical lure are regarded as spontaneous external misattribution of thought. We found that critical lures elicited increased the number of false alarms as AHES-17 scores increased and that scores of AHES-17 predicted the rate of false memory of critical lures. Furthermore, we revealed that the relationship between AHES-17 scores and the rates of false alarms to critical lures was strictly linear. Therefore, it might be said that individual differences in auditory hallucination-like experiences are highly related to the external misattribution of thought. We discussed these results from the perspective of the sense of agency over thought.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)688-695
Number of pages8
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep
Externally publishedYes



  • Auditory hallucination-like experience
  • DRM paradigm
  • Memory
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizotypal personality
  • Sense of agency
  • Sense of passivity
  • Thought insertion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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