Consciousness: The awareness that people have of the outside world and their perceptions, images and feelings.

  • Consciousness is related but not the same as attention.
  • It is more concerned with effortful controlled processing.

Consciousness about our Higher Mental Processes

Nisbett & Wilson: We may be fully conscious of the products of our thought processes. However, we are usually not conscious of the processes that created these products.

Thought Suppression [PUSH OUT THOUGHT]

Ironic effect of mental control: The more you try to push a thought out of consciousness, the more it intrudes.

  • g. Dieters & Break-ups

Explanation: Wegener

Rebounding Effect

Controlled = Think of alternatives and avoid. [SUPPRESSION]

Automatic = Unconsciously, giving in to thinking about thought.

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