236-freud&the unconscious

236-freud&the unconscious - The psychological...

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Personality Psychology 236 Professor Goth-Owens Spring 2009
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The psychological unconscious This lecture draws heavily from Nash, M. (2005). The psychological unconscious. In V. Derlega, B. Winstead, & W. Jones (Eds.), Personality: Contemporary theory and research (3 rd ed., pp. 217-245). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
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The psychological unconscious The psychological unconscious Mental structures (cognitions, emotions, motives) operating outside mental awareness, but influencing experience, thought, and action Biological and historical events are not mental structures Memories, perceptions, and fantasies are mental structures
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The psychological unconscious Bowers’s two factor model of the unconscious Attention Comprehension
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The psychological unconscious Differences from the psychoanalytic (aka dynamic, motivated) unconscious Theoretical “baggage” Normal cognitive processes versus anxiety management
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The psychological unconscious The unconscious as the unnoticed “blind sight” Preference for the unnoticed Emotional response to the unnoticed
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Unformatted text preview: The psychological unconscious The unconscious as the noticed, but uncomprehended Maiers (1931) problem-solving experiment Subject explanations for bystander helping effects The psychological unconscious The unconscious as retained (but unavailable) memory of actual event Implicit vs. explicit memory Implicit knowing of the explicitly not known What about Freuds construct of repression? The psychological unconscious The unconscious as personal fiction that feels like memory of actual events Embedded details Complete memories for fictitious events The psychological unconscious Summary of unconscious influences We are influenced by events we perceive but do not notice. We notice events that affect us but dont know they are affecting us. We act on the basis of stored information with no idea how or when it was learned We can believe (with strong feelings of certainty) that we are remembering details or events that are fictitious...
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