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Conscious & Unconscious Perception

Can conscious and unconscious events or processes influence each other?

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Yes, conscious and conscious events and processes influence each other.

First, let us define and differentiate the two terms:

Consciousness is a quality of the mind, generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and one's environment. In common parlance, consciousness denotes being awake and responsive to one's environment. According to Bernard Baar, consciousness is a supremely functional adaptation and suggests a variety of functions in which consciousness plays a role: prioritization of alternatives, problem solving, decision- making, action control, error detection, planning, learning, adaptation, context creation and access to information.

On the other hand, unconscious mind is the aspect of the mind, which we are not directly conscious or aware of. Unconscious mental processes include the following: the mind spontaneously moving from one idea or recollection to another, creative ideas that do not appear to come from conscious thinking, waking up in the morning with an insight or solution to a problem. All memory is unconscious. The act of remembering something means bringing the information stored outside our conscious mind into awareness; the fact that we can run downstairs without thinking where we place each footfall; physical reflexes, etc.

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