Perception Without Awareness: Cognitive, Clinical, and Social Perspectives

Perception Without Awareness: Cognitive, Clinical, and Social Perspectives

by Robert F. Bornstein
     
 


This landmark volume brings together the work of the world's leading researchers in sublimated perception. This compilation marks a fundamental shift in the current study of subliminal effects: No longer in question is the notion that perception without awareness occurs. Now, the emphasis is on elucidating the parameters of subliminal effects and understanding…  See more details below

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This landmark volume brings together the work of the world's leading researchers in sublimated perception. This compilation marks a fundamental shift in the current study of subliminal effects: No longer in question is the notion that perception without awareness occurs. Now, the emphasis is on elucidating the parameters of subliminal effects and understanding the conditions under which stimuli perceived without awareness significantly influence affect, cognition, and behavior.

PERCEPTION WITHOUT AWARENESS firmly establishes subliminal perception within the mainstream of psychological science. Well represented here are the two main research branches that have emerged: One directly investigates the nature of subliminal effects; the other uses subliminal techniques as tools for investigating psychological phenomena such as hypnosis, dreaming, repression, social judgment and inference, psychopathology, and symptom formation. Broadly grouped into three main sections, the contributed chapters explore

* The cognitive perspective--including implicit memory and implicit perception, the measurement of unconscious perceptual processes, and methods for revealing unconscious processes

* The clinical perspective--exploring the cognitive and dynamic aspects of subliminal perception, memory, and consciousness; direct recovery of subliminal stimuli; and validation of subliminal psychodynamic activation

* The social perspective--discussing subliminal mere-exposure effects, affect and social perception, and the role of subliminality in social psychology

Timely and thought-provoking, PERCEPTION WITHOUT AWARENESS is sure to be of enormous interest to all psychoanalytic clinicians and scholars, as well as cognitive, clinical, and social psychologists whose work touches upon issues relating to psychopathology, perception, cognition, and memory.

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"A valuable contribution to our understandingg of brain/mind relationships in cognitive processes. It should be required reading for all those who still believe that we are only affected by stimuli of which we are conscious." --N. F. Dixon in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

[This book] simultaneously presents us with a wealth of scholarly information concerning what is really known about subliminal perception and a good old fashioned dramatic story about a scholarly community struggling to come to terms with observations threatening some of their favorite values and theories. In every chapter, we witness the interaction between the purely cognitive and personal sides of doing science. Happily, we also witness the power of persistence, deep curiosity, and sharp intellect to bring reasonable meaning to a major area of psychological research.' --Seymour Fisher, Ph.D.

"Bornstein and Pittman's volume provides an inside view of the ongoing explosion of research on unconscious cognition. The editors' decision to mix cognitive, clinical, and social perspectives effectively displays the breadth of recent work, and establishes that these diverse perspectives can and do communicate with one another. The selected contributors are outstanding among active researchers, and their chapters capture recent and influential work while it is still very fresh." --Tony Greenwald, Ph.D.

Booknews
The outgrowth of a conference held at Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania), March 1991, this volume brings together the work of leading researchers in the two main research branches of subliminal perception: one directly investigates the nature of subliminal effects; the other uses subliminal techniques as tools for investigating psychological phenomena such as hypnosis, dreaming, repression, social judgment and inference, psychopathology, and symptom formation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898628869
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/03/1992
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Robert F. Bornstein received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986. He is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College. Dr. Bornstein has published numerous articles on perception without awareness, as well as on the antecedents, dynamics, and correlates of dependent personality traits. He is the author of The Dependent Personality, a comprehensive review of the empirical literature on dependency, which will be published by Guilford Press in 1993.

Thane S. Pittman received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Iowa in 1972. He is currently Professor and Chair of Psychology at Gettysburg College. Dr. Pittman has published widely on the aspects of human social motivation, including research on intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, control motivation, and attitude change processes. He is coauthor (with Ann Boggiano) of Achievement Motivation: A Socio-Developmental Perspective, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 1993.

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