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Daniel Wegner

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Daniel Merton Wegner  (June 28, 1948 – July 5, 2013) was an American  social psychologist . He was a professor of psychology at Harvard University and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science . He was known for applying experimental psychology  to the topics of mental control (for example  ironic process theory ) and conscious will, [1][2]  and for originating the study of  transactive memory and action identification. In The Illusion of Conscious Will  and other works, he argued controversially that the human sense of  free will  is an illusion. Contents ● 1 Career ● 2 Research ○ 2.1 Ironic process theory ○ 2.2 Free will ○ 2.3 Apparent mental causation ○ 2.4 Transactive memory Career Wegner was born in Calgary , Alberta , Canada . [1]  He enrolled in a physics degree at Michigan State University but changed to psychology, going on to an M.A.  and then a PhD . After gaining his doctorate in 1974, he spent sixteen years teaching at Trinity University , becoming a full Professor in 1985. From 1990 to 2000, he researched and taught at the University of Virginia , after which he joined the faculty at Harvard University. [3] Research Ironic process theory Wegner and colleagues performed a series of experiments in which people tried to  suppress thoughts , for example by attempting not to think of a white bear. That work revealed that ● 3 Death ● 4 Books ● 5 Notes and references ● 6 External links

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