Deep cognitive activation: a new approach to the unconscious.


Journal Article (Review)

Deep cognitive activation occurs when a thought is so accessible as to have measurable effects on behavior or judgement, but is yet not consciously reportable. This state of mind has unique properties mimicking some characteristics of the psychoanalytic unconscious, but following theoretically from a consideration of processes of cognitive activation. The sources and consequences of deep cognitive activation are examined, with a view toward understanding how this state is implicated in the assessment, etiology, and treatment of psychopathology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wegner, DM; Smart, L

Published Date

  • December 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 65 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 984 - 995

PubMed ID

  • 9420359

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9420359

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-006X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0022-006x.65.6.984


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States