Source Amnesia, Misattribution, and the Power of Unconscious Perceptions and Memories

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Abstract

A review of the empirical literature on implicit (i.e., unconscious) perception and memory reveals that S. Freud's (1910/1955, 1914/1956) hypotheses in this area were remarkably prescient in some respects. The implications of experimental research for psychodynamic models of symptom formation, transference analysis, and the curative components of insight-oriented therapy are discussed. Changes in terminology that can help bridge the gap between cognitive science and psychodynamics are outlined, and the heuristic value of strengthening existing connections between these disciplines is emphasized.

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