Special Issue "Sub- and Unconscious Information Processing in the Human Brain"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter Walla

1. Head of Psychology Department, Webster Vienna Private University, Palais Wenkheim in 1020 Vienna, Austria
2. Conjoint Professor at the School of Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308 NSW, Newcastle, Australia
3. Senior Research Fellow at the Vienna University, Faculty of Psychology, Vienna, Austria
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Interests: non-conscious brain processes; affective and cognitive processing; emotion; memory; olfaction; EEG; startle reflex modulation; MEG; brain imaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Clearly, there is growing interest in non-conscious brain processes in the human brain. We all know that initial interest started centuries ago, but with the advent of modern technologies that give us objective access to processes below the level of awareness, the endeavor to better understand our non-conscious mind has gained a totally new perspective. There is a strong need for all scholars to do as much as we can to contribute to that endeavor, because the non-conscious mind still has largely unknown effects on basically all kinds of human behavior, in both clinical and non-clinical environments, in political and economical, as well as any other social settings.

With biggest pleasure I am thus asking for contributions to this Special Issue on non-conscious brain processes, with a focus on the distinction between sub- and unconscious processes, which are both non-conscious. Unconscious processes do not have the potential to enter the stream of consciousness, while sub-conscious processes do. If you feel like you can contribute to this fascinating topic, please do not hesitate to submit your piece to Applied Sciences, which is the perfect open access platform for this purpose.

Prof. Dr. Peter Walla
Guest Editor

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  • sub-conscious
  • un-conscious
  • cognitive processes
  • affective processes
  • objective measures
  • brain imaging
  • startle reflex modulation
  • neurobiology
  • neuroconsulting

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Open AccessReview Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Conscious and Non-Conscious Components of the Mind
Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(4), 349; doi:10.3390/app7040349
Received: 31 January 2017 / Revised: 29 March 2017 / Accepted: 30 March 2017 / Published: 1 April 2017
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The aim of the present review is to investigate previous studies concerning the effects of meditation and dispositional mindfulness on conscious and implicit or non-conscious attitudes. First we present a brief perspective on conscious and non-conscious states of mind. Then we introduce the
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The aim of the present review is to investigate previous studies concerning the effects of meditation and dispositional mindfulness on conscious and implicit or non-conscious attitudes. First we present a brief perspective on conscious and non-conscious states of mind. Then we introduce the fundamental bases of mindfulness meditation. Third we review studies on dispositional mindfulness and meditation that employed either direct or indirect measures to assess explicit and implicit attitudes. Finally, we briefly present how meditation has been associated with the psychotherapeutic practice of psychoanalysis and, hence, as a therapeutic technique to access the unconscious. Until now, few studies have investigated the impact of meditation on non-conscious states of mind and personality; nevertheless, both scientific studies involving implicit measures and reflections from psychotherapy have underlined the importance of meditation in promoting psychological well-being, leading to de-automatization of automatic patterns of responding and to higher levels of self-awareness. Full article
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