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The guest editor, Prof. Dr. Peter Wallafrom the University of Newcastle said: "Most of us agree that human decision making and finally behaviour is based on and influenced by cognition- and emotion-related information processing some of which takes place without simultaneous awareness. However, evidence accumulates leading to the notion that astonishingly much of our most sophisticated brain functions work totally independent from consciousness. The current special issue is meant to collect a selected number of articles that demonstrate how information processing in the absence of awareness (non-conscious information processing) is able to manage and influence even complex human cognitive and emotion-related information processing and thus guides human behaviour outside subjective experience".
Brain Sciences is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal on neuroscience. It has published four issues with 30 papers to date.