Maybe it helps to be conscious, after all

Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs, E. J. Masicampo

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Psychologists debate whether consciousness or unconsciousness is most central to human behavior. Our goal, instead, is to figure out how they work together. Conscious processes are partly produced by unconscious processes, and much information processing occurs outside of awareness. Yet, consciousness has advantages that the unconscious does not. We discuss how consciousness causes behavior, drawing conclusions from large-scale literature reviews.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-21
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


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