“…Once rejected out of hand as too deeply embedded in psychoanalysis or other forms of pseudoscience, or at least as too vague to be scientifically useful, the notion of unconscious processing is now taken seriously by most researchers and theorists in the field. At this point, the debate has shifted from questions about the very existence of unconscious states and processes to debates about the nature and extent of unconscious processing…First, cognitive psychology now embraces a distinction between automatic and controlled processing…Further contributions came from the emergence of cognitive neuropsychology…revealed a distinction between two expressions of memory, explicit and implicit…In the present context, the importance of the discovery of implicit memory is that it legitimized discussions of unconscious memories…A third influence was from research on hypnosis, many of whose phenomena seem to involve a division of consciousness…The fourth influence, and one of central interest in this chapter, is research on subliminal influence, a subtype of implicit perception…”
John F. Kihlstrom, Yale University, Posted on Tracing Knowledge, Oct 17, 2013.
This interesting article brings to our attention fascinating phenomenon such as subliminal perception, taboo words, hypnotic blindness and many others. Read the whole piece and find all the references through the blog Tracing Knowledge. For full article please click here.
Hypnosis appears in this study as one important tool for studying the mind. Further research in this field will increase our knowledge of the psyche and will allow us to use hypnosis in all its therapeutic potential.