Unconscious representations 1: Belying the traditional model of human cognition.

Axiomathes 23 (4):1-19 (2013)

Luis M. Augusto
Independent Scientist
The traditional model of human cognition (TMHC) postulates an ontological and/or structural gap between conscious and unconscious mental representations. By and large, it sees higher-level mental processes as commonly conceptual or symbolic in nature and therefore conscious, whereas unconscious, lower-level representations are conceived as non-conceptual or sub-symbolic. However, experimental evidence belies this model, suggesting that higher-level mental processes can be, and often are, carried out in a wholly unconscious way and/or without conceptual representations, and that these can be processed unconsciously. This entails that the TMHC, as well as the theories on mental representation it motivates and that in turn support it, is wrong.
Keywords Conscious/unconscious cognition  Traditional model of human cognition  Vehicle vs. process theories  Higher-/lower-level cognition  (Non-)Conceptual representations
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DOI 10.1007/s10516-012-9206-z
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