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
Controlled = Think of alternatives and avoid. [SUPPRESSION]
Automatic = Unconsciously, giving in to thinking about thought.