Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Dienes & Perner: Implicit and explicit knowledge

What is special about “implicit” and “explicit”?

Geir Overskeid a1
a1 Program in Economic and Organizational Psychology, Norwegian School of Management BI, Sofienberg, 0506 Oslo, Norway


Dienes & Perner present a very interesting analysis of two types of knowledge. It is not clear, however, that the words “implicit” and “explicit” are the best basis on which to build a theory of the two types of knowledge. One is also left uncertain as to whether this theory is the best way of ordering the greatest possible amount of relevant data in a way that yields the simplest account possible.