Unconscious Action Tendencies: Sources of “Un-Integrated” Action

Ezequiel Morsella and John A. Bargh

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195342161
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Unconscious Action Tendencies: Sources of “Un-Integrated” Action

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This chapter reviews three classes of unconscious action: actions that can occur when the subject appears to be in an unconscious state or that transpire without any identifiable conscious mediation (first section); actions that are influenced by stimuli of which the subject is unaware (second section); and actions prompted by supraliminal (consciously-experienced) stimuli that influence the subject’s consciously-mediated actions in ways that the subject is unaware of (third section). The final section reviews the fundamental difference between conscious and unconscious action tendencies.

Keywords: unconscious action tendencies; unconscious action; consciousness; automaticity; priming; voluntary action; involuntary action; volition; unconsciousness; automatisms; subliminal stimuli; unconscious behavior; subliminal priming; backward masking; involunt

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Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Neuroscience ; Social Psychology

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