Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Dienes & Perner: Implicit and explicit knowledge

Automatic processing results in conscious representations

Joseph Tzelgov a1, Dana Ganor a1 and Vered Yehene a1
a1 Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel 84105 {Tzelgov; Yehene}


We apply Dienes & Perner's (D&P's) framework to the automatic/nonautomatic processing contrast. Our analysis leads to the conclusion that automatic and nonautomatic processing result in representations that have explicit results. We propose equating consciousness with explicitness of aspects rather than with full explicitness as defined by D&P.