Implicit cognition: the data base

Arthur S. Reber

in Implicit Learning and Tacit Knowledge

Published in print September 1996 | ISBN: 9780195106589
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871698 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

Implicit cognition: the data base

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This chapter introduces the notion of the primacy of the implicit, where the argument is made that from an evolutionary point of view, unconscious cognitive systems must have preceded explicit, consciously controlled systems. A thorough review of the literature relating these two forms of acquisition is presented and various methodological issues are introduced. It is concluded that functionalism, as a research method, is the most effective stance to take in examining issues relating to conscious and unconscious processes.

Keywords: primacy of the implicit; evolutionary biology; functionalism; conscious processes; unconscious processes

Chapter.  23811 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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