Special Issue "The Brain Knows More than It Admits: The Control of Cognition and Emotion by Non-Conscious Processes"

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A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter Walla
School of Psychology, Faculty of Science and Information Technology, University of Newcastle, Callaghan 2308 NSW, Newcastle, Australia
Website: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/peter-walla
E-Mail: peter.walla@newcastle.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 49217260
Interests: applied neuroscience; sub- and unconscious information processing in the human brain; emotion; cognition; memory; olfaction; product evaluation; consumer behavior; decision making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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. Phenomena such as priming and implicit memory are well known and demonstrate that stored information is able to change human behaviour in the complete absence of any awareness. To what extent such non-conscious information processing contributes to even highest forms of brain functions remains unclear. However, evidence accumulates leading to the notion that astonishingly much of our most sophisticated brain functions work totally independent from consciousness. Discrepancies between self report and objective measurement have been reported. The brain knows more than it admits.

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.

Prof. Dr. Peter Walla
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • non-conscious processing
  • cognition
  • emotion
  • behaviour
  • absence of awareness
  • complex brain processes

Published Papers (16 papers)

Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 790-834; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040790
Received: 25 September 2012; in revised form: 6 December 2012 / Accepted: 12 December 2012 / Published: 18 December 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 769-789; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040769
Received: 20 September 2012; in revised form: 29 October 2012 / Accepted: 12 December 2012 / Published: 17 December 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(4), 504-522; doi:10.3390/brainsci2040504
Received: 27 August 2012; in revised form: 27 September 2012 / Accepted: 6 October 2012 / Published: 17 October 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(3), 405-420; doi:10.3390/brainsci2030405
Received: 28 June 2012; in revised form: 28 August 2012 / Accepted: 30 August 2012 / Published: 18 September 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(3), 267-297; doi:10.3390/brainsci2030267
Received: 21 June 2012; in revised form: 16 July 2012 / Accepted: 1 August 2012 / Published: 14 August 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(2), 254-266; doi:10.3390/brainsci2020254
Received: 13 April 2012; in revised form: 4 June 2012 / Accepted: 5 June 2012 / Published: 15 June 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(2), 225-241; doi:10.3390/brainsci2020225
Received: 22 March 2012; in revised form: 9 May 2012 / Accepted: 16 May 2012 / Published: 29 May 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(2), 176-202; doi:10.3390/brainsci2020176
Received: 1 March 2012; in revised form: 30 March 2012 / Accepted: 18 April 2012 / Published: 23 April 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(2), 147-175; doi:10.3390/brainsci2020147
Received: 16 January 2012; in revised form: 2 March 2012 / Accepted: 22 March 2012 / Published: 17 April 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(2), 130-146; doi:10.3390/brainsci2020130
Received: 19 December 2011; in revised form: 3 April 2012 / Accepted: 9 April 2012 / Published: 16 April 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(2), 101-129; doi:10.3390/brainsci2020101
Received: 18 January 2012; in revised form: 29 February 2012 / Accepted: 22 March 2012 / Published: 10 April 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(2), 85-100; doi:10.3390/brainsci2020085
Received: 30 January 2012; in revised form: 24 February 2012 / Accepted: 16 March 2012 / Published: 26 March 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(1), 61-84; doi:10.3390/brainsci2010061
Received: 21 December 2011; in revised form: 31 January 2012 / Accepted: 7 February 2012 / Published: 16 February 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(1), 33-60; doi:10.3390/brainsci2010033
Received: 13 December 2011; in revised form: 3 February 2012 / Accepted: 7 February 2012 / Published: 15 February 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(1), 22-32; doi:10.3390/brainsci2010022
Received: 20 December 2011; in revised form: 21 January 2012 / Accepted: 31 January 2012 / Published: 6 February 2012
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Brain Sci. 2012, 2(1), 1-21; doi:10.3390/brainsci2010001
Received: 16 November 2011; in revised form: 12 December 2011 / Accepted: 20 December 2011 / Published: 27 December 2011
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