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The Cognitive Unconscious
John F. Kihlstrom
New Series, Vol. 237, No. 4821 (Sep. 18, 1987), pp. 1445-1452
Published by: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1699849
Page Count: 8
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Contemporary research in cognitive psychology reveals the impact of nonconscious mental structures and processes on the individual's conscious experience, thought, and action. Research on perceptual-cognitive and motoric skills indicates that they are automatized through experience, and thus rendered unconscious. In addition, research on subliminal perception, implicit memory, and hypnosis indicates that events can affect mental functions even though they cannot be consciously perceived or remembered. These findings suggest a tripartite division of the cognitive unconscious into truly unconscious mental processes operating on knowledge structures that may themselves be preconscious or subconscious.
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