Articles

The problem of the null in the verification of unconscious cognition

E. L. UHLMANN

Behavioral and Brain Sciences

February 2014, vol. 37, n°1, pp.42-43

Departments: Management & Human Resources

Keywords: Verification (Logic), Subconsciousness, Cognition -- Research, Awareness, Null hypothesis, Consciousness


Newell & Shanks (N&S) argue that when awareness measures are more reliable and valid, greater evidence of awareness of supposedly unconscious influences is revealed. A related issue is that unconsciousness is typically the null hypothesis that evidence of awareness will not emerge. As it is difficult to conclude the null, it is also difficult to conclude a lack of conscious awareness


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