Consciousnes1 - with one exception. This time, try not to...

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Consciousness awareness we have of the outside world and of our perceptions, images, and feelings (Matlin) Consciousness and Cognition but, not always complete (e.g. cannot verbalize process of pattern recognition)   Automaticity and Thought Suppression thought suppression: making a conscious effort to avoid a particular thought requires one to: plan to supress a thought carry out that plan by suppressing all manifestations of the thought, including the original plan therefore, thought suppression seems to involve a state of knowing and not knowing at the same time Wegner, Schneider, Carter, and White (1987) ---------- EXAMPLE ----------------- Don't think of a white bear. In the next five minutes, please verbalize your thoughts as you did before,
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Unformatted text preview: with one exception. This time, try not to think of a white bear. Every time you say white bear or have white bear come to mind, though, please ring the bell on the table before you. Results: white bear mentions and bell rings almost always occurred when the subject finished a sentence and was silent Theoretical Conclusions: controlled effort to not think of a white bear automatic search for signs of a white bear thought suppression is difficult to do and is time consuming even when thoughts are supressed, they may return to consciousness with minimum prompting, perhaps to the point of obsessive preoccupations Practical Applicatons: suppression of thought may lead to obsessive thinking over time smoking, dieting, obsessive-compulsive disorder...
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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