Dr James Moore

Staff details

Position Reader
Department Psychology
Email j.moore (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7078 5147
Dr James Moore


James is a Reader in Psychology and the department’s director of postgraduate research. His research focuses on voluntary action.

One research strand aims to understand where the feeling of control over action comes from. This sense that we control our own actions is fundamental to human psychology, underpinning various aspects of human culture, such as our systems of law. Another research strand concerns the perception and understanding of voluntary actions that others make. This ability is essential for the successful navigation of our social world: for example, holding others responsible for their actions requires accurate attributions of intent.

Grants and Awards

James has received grant funding Leverhulme Trust, Bial Foundation, the ARC and Macquarie University.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

Examples of James’ public engagement and knowledge exchange activity include:
• Research consultancy with non-HEIs, including the private sector and charities.
• A week in Westminster through the Royal Society Pairing Scheme
• Working with In2Science to offer internships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds
• Public lectures

Research Interests

• Sense of agency
• Volition
• Intention attribution
• Consciousness
• Human-computer-interaction
• Sense of ownership

Publications and research outputs


Evangelou, George; Georgiou, Orestis and Moore, James W.. 2023. Using virtual objects with hand-tracking: the effects of visual congruence and mid-air haptics on sense of agency. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, ISSN 1939-1412

Cocchini, Gianna; Scandola, Michele; Gobetto, Valeria; Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Bartolo, Angela; Moore, James W. and Moro, Valentina. 2022. The ‘healthy side’ of anosognosia for hemiplegia: Increased sense of agency for the unimpaired limb or motor compensation? Neuropsychologia, 177, 108421. ISSN 0028-3932

Ivanof, Bianca Elena; Terhune, Devin Blair; Coyle, D and Moore, James W.. 2022. Manipulations of Libet clock parameters affect intention timing awareness. Scientific Reports, 12, 20249. ISSN 2045-2322

Moore, James W.. 2022. The relationship between sense of agency and borderline personality disorder traits in the general population. Current Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310

Eisenkoeck, Antonia; Slavny-Cross, Rachel J. M. and Moore, James W.. 2022. Judging intentionality in the context of ambiguous actions among autistic adults. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 96, 101997. ISSN 1750-9467

Ivanof, Bianca Elena; Terhune, Devin Blair; Coyle, David; Gottero, Marta and Moore, James W.. 2022. Examining the effect of Libet clock stimulus parameters on temporal binding. Psychological Research, 86(3), pp. 937-951. ISSN 0340-0727

Moore, James W.. 2021. “They Were Noble Automatons Who Knew Not What They Did:” Volition in Jaynes' The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 811295.

Finnemann, Johanna J. S.; Plaisted-Grant, Kate; Moore, James W.; Teufel, Christoph and Fletcher, Paul C.. 2021. Low-level, prediction-based sensory and motor processes are unimpaired in Autism. Neuropsychologia, 156, 107835. ISSN 0028-3932

Moore, James W.; Tang, Tracy C. W. and Cioffi, Maria Cristina. 2021. Schizotypy and the vicarious experience of agency. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 8(1), pp. 65-73. ISSN 2326-5523

Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Hackett, Joshua and Moore, James W.. 2020. Synchronous stimulation in the rubber hand illusion task boosts the subsequent sense of ownership on the vicarious agency task. Consciousness and Cognition, 80, 102904. ISSN 1053-8100

Slavny, R J M and Moore, James W.. 2018. Individual Differences in the Intentionality Bias and its Association with Cognitive Empathy. Personality and Individual Differences, 122, pp. 104-108. ISSN 0191-8869

Zopf, Regine; Polito, Vince and Moore, James W.. 2018. Revisiting the link between body and agency: visual movement congruency enhances intentional binding but is not body-specific. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 196. ISSN 2045-2322

van der Westhuizen, Donné; Moore, James W.; Solms, Mark and van Honk, Jack. 2017. Testosterone facilitates the sense of agency. Consciousness and Cognition, 56, pp. 58-67. ISSN 1053-8100

Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Cocchini, Gianna; Banissy, Michael J. and Moore, James W.. 2017. Ageing and agency: age-related changes in susceptibility to illusory experiences of control. Royal Society Open Science, 4(5), 161065. ISSN 2054-5703

Moore, James W.. 2016. What is the sense of agency and why does it matter? Frontiers in Consciousness Research, 7(1272),

Tobias-Webb, Juliette; Limbrick-Oldfield, Eve H; Gillan, Claire M; Moore, James W.; Aitken, Michael RF and Clark, Luke. 2016. Let Me Take The Wheel: Illusory Control and Sense of Agency. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70(8), pp. 1732-1746. ISSN 1747-0218

Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Banissy, Michael J. and Moore, James W.. 2016. 'Am I moving?' An illusion of agency and ownership in mirror-touch synaesthesia. Cognition, 146, pp. 426-430. ISSN 1873-7838

Chambon, Valérian; Moore, James W. and Haggard, Patrick. 2015. TMS stimulation over the inferior parietal cortex disrupts prospective sense of agency. Brain Structure and Function, 220(6), pp. 3627-3639. ISSN 1863-2653

Moore, James W. and Bravin, James. 2015. Schizotypy and awareness of intention: Variability of W judgments predicts schizotypy scores. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2(3), pp. 283-290. ISSN 2326-5523

David, Nicole; Obhi, Sukhvinder and Moore, James W.. 2015. Editorial: Sense of agency: examining awareness of the acting self. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 310. ISSN 1662-5161

Walsh, E.; Guilmette, D. N.; Longo, M. R.; Moore, James W.; Oakley, D. A.; Halligan, P. W.; Mehta, M. A. and Deeley, Q.. 2015. Are You Suggesting That's My Hand? The Relation Between Hypnotic Suggestibility and the Rubber Hand Illusion. Perception, 44(6), pp. 709-723. ISSN 0301-0066

Moore, James W. and Pope, A.. 2014. The intentionality bias and schizotypy. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 67(11), pp. 2218-2224. ISSN 1747-0218

Limerick, Hannah; Coyle, David and Moore, James W.. 2014. The experience of agency in human-computer interactions: a review. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 643. ISSN 1662-5161

Cioffi, Maria Cristina; Moore, James W. and Banissy, Michael J.. 2014. What can mirror-touch synaesthesia tell us about the sense of agency? Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 256. ISSN 1662-5161

Wolpe, Noham; Moore, James W.; Rae, Charlotte L.; Rittman, Timothy; Altena, Ellemarije; Haggard, Patrick and Rowe, James B.. 2014. The medial frontal-prefrontal network for altered awareness and control of action in corticobasal syndrome. Brain, 137(1), pp. 208-220. ISSN 1460-2156

Kranick, Sarah M; Moore, James W.; Yusuf, Nadia; Martinez, Valeria T; Lafaver, Kathrin; Edwards, Mark J; Mehta, Arpan R; Collins, Phoebe; Harrison, Neil A; Haggard, Patrick; Hallett, Mark and Voon, Valerie. 2013. Action-effect binding is decreased in motor conversion disorder: Implications for sense of agency. Movement Disorders, 28(8), pp. 1110-1116. ISSN 0885-3185

Moore, James W.; Teufel, Christoph; Subramaniam, Naresh; Davis, Greg and Fletcher, Paul C. 2013. Attribution of intentional causation influences the perception of observed movements: behavioral evidence and neural correlates. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 23. ISSN 1664-1078

Moore, James W.; Middleton, D.; Haggard, Patrick and Fletcher, Paul C.. 2012. Exploring implicit and explicit aspects of sense of agency. Consciousness and Cognition, 21(4), pp. 1748-1753. ISSN 1090-2376

Moore, James W. and Obhi, Sukhvinder S.. 2012. Intentional binding and the sense of agency: A review. Consciousness and cognition, pp. 546-561. ISSN 1090-2376

Moore, James W. and Fletcher, P. C.. 2012. Sense of agency in health and disease: A review of cue integration approaches. Consciousness and cognition, pp. 59-68. ISSN 1090-2376

Moore, James W.; Cambridge, VC; Morgan, H; Giorlando, F; Adapa, R and Fletcher, PC. 2012. Time, action and psychosis: using subjective time to investigate the effects of ketamine on sense of agency. Neuropsychologia, 51(2), pp. 377-384.

Hauser, Marta; Moore, James W.; de Millas, Walter; Gallinat, Juergen; Heinz, Andreas; Haggard, Patrick and Voss, Martin. 2011. Sense of agency is altered in patients with a putative psychotic prodrome. Schizophrenia research, 126(1-3), pp. 20-27. ISSN 1573-2509

Moore, James W.; Turner, Danielle C.; Corlett, Philip R.; Arana, Fernando S.; Morgan, Hannah L.; Absalom, Antony R.; Adapa, Ram; de Wit, Sanne; Everitt, Jessica C.; Gardner, Jenny M.; Pigott, Jennifer S.; Haggard, Patrick and Fletcher, Paul C.. 2011. Ketamine administration in healthy volunteers reproduces aberrant agency experiences associated with schizophrenia. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 16(4), pp. 364-381. ISSN 1464-0619

Coull, Jennifer T.; Morgan, Hannah; Cambridge, Victoria C.; Moore, James W.; Giorlando, Francesco; Adapa, Ram; Corlett, Philip R. and Fletcher, Paul C.. 2011. Ketamine perturbs perception of the flow of time in healthy volunteers. Psychopharmacology, 218(3), pp. 543-56. ISSN 1432-2072

Moore, James W.; Dickinson, Anthony and Fletcher, Paul C.. 2011. Sense of agency, associative learning, and schizotypy. Consciousness and cognition, 20(3), pp. 792-800. ISSN 1090-2376

Moore, James W.; Schneider, Susanne A.; Schwingenschuh, Petra; Moretto, Giovanna; Bhatia, Kailash P. and Haggard, Patrick. 2010. Dopaminergic medication boosts action-effect binding in Parkinson's disease. Neuropsychologia, 48(4), pp. 1125-1132. ISSN 1873-3514

McManus, I. C.; Freegard, Matthew; Moore, James W. and Rawles, Richard. 2010. Science in the Making: Right Hand, Left Hand. II: The duck-rabbit figure. Laterality, 15(1-2), pp. 166-185. ISSN 1464-0678

Voss, Martin; Moore, James W.; Hauser, Marta; Gallinat, Juergen; Heinz, Andreas and Haggard, Patrick. 2010. Altered awareness of action in schizophrenia: a specific deficit in predicting action consequences. Brain, 133(10), pp. 3104-3112. ISSN 1460-2156

McManus, I. C.; Moore, James W.; Freegard, Matthew and Rawles, Richard. 2010. Science in the Making: Right Hand, Left Hand. III: Estimating historical rates of left-handedness. Laterality, 15(1-2), pp. 186-208. ISSN 1464-0678

McManus, I. C.; Rawles, Richard; Moore, James W. and Freegard, Matthew. 2010. Science in the Making: Right Hand, Left Hand. I: A BBC television programme broadcast in 1953. Laterality, 15(1-2), pp. 136-165. ISSN 1464-0678

Moore, James W. and Haggard, Patrick. 2010. Intentional binding and higher order agency experience. Consciousness and cognition, 19(1), pp. 490-1. ISSN 1090-2376

Moore, James W.; Ruge, Diane; Wenke, Dorit; Rothwell, John and Haggard, Patrick. 2010. Disrupting the experience of control in the human brain: pre-supplementary motor area contributes to the sense of agency. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 277(1693), pp. 2503-9. ISSN 1471-2954

Moore, James W.; Lagnado, David; Deal, Darvany C. and Haggard, Patrick. 2009. Feelings of control: contingency determines experience of action. Cognition, 110(2), pp. 279-83. ISSN 1873-7838

Moore, James W.; Wegner, Daniel M. and Haggard, Patrick. 2009. Modulating the sense of agency with external cues. Consciousness and cognition, 18(4), pp. 1056-64. ISSN 1090-2376

Moore, James W. and Haggard, Patrick. 2008. Awareness of action: Inference and prediction. Consciousness and cognition, 17(1), pp. 136-44. ISSN 1090-2376

Moore, James W. and Haggard, Patrick. 2006. Commentary on ‘How Something Can Be Said About Telling More Than We Can Know: On Choice Blindness and Introspective Report’. Consciousness and Cognition, 15, pp. 693-696.

Conference or Workshop Item

Evangelou, George; Limerick, Hannah and Moore, James W.. 2021. 'I feel it in my fingers! Sense of agency with mid-air haptics'. In: 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC). Virtual Conference 6-9 July 2021.

Limerick, Hannah; Moore, James W. and Coyle, David. 2015. 'Empirical evidence for a diminished sense of agency in speech interfaces'. In: ACM CHI. Seoul, Korea, Republic of.

Berthaut, Florent; Coyle, David; Moore, James W. and Limerick, Hannah. 2015. 'Liveness Through the Lens of Agency and Causality'. In: The 15th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, 31 May-3 June, 2015, Louisiana State University, USA. Louisiana, United States.

Coyle, David; Moore, James W.; Kristenson, Per Ola; Fletcher, Paul C. and Blackwell, Alan F.. 2012. 'I did that! Measuring Users’ Experience of Agency in their own Actions'. In: CHI 2012. Austin, Texas, United States.

Wolpe, N; Moore, James W.; Rae, C; Altena, E; Rittman, T; Haggard, P and Rowe, JB. 2012. 'Structure and function changes in the medial frontal cortex underlie impairments in voluntary control in Corticobasal degeneration'. In: DEMENTIA AND GERIATRIC COGNITIVE DISORDERS. UNDEFINED.

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