Author: Kobayashi Akane (Tokai Gokusai School, Japan, Grade 11)

For every decision making process free will and determinism is involved. In psychology and studies that focus on the cognitive perspective in psychology asks rather people make decision and act due to free will or determinism affected from the environment. Studies support both sides but studies have shown that cognitive perspective takes a soft deterministic approach, meaning that individuals are more or less free depending on informational input and situational context.

Research Paper Source: The Extent To Which Free Will and Determinism Relate To The Cognitive Perspective