By contrast, during the diverted memory trials, they did not form explicit memories of the stimuli, and under these conditions reported either that they had guessed at the answer. This therefore signifies that the participants were unaware of any memories of the images presented to them.

Nevertheless, the decisions which were reportedly made by guessing were found to be significantly more accurate than those based on explicit memories of the visual stimuli. This suggests that visual information can be encoded accurately even when one is not paying attention to it -something which has been demonstrated before –  and also leads to the counterintuitive conclusion that retrieval of a memory is actually enhanced if one’s attention is diverted during encoding of that memory.

… This study, then, suggests that when we try to remember something, we actually know more than we think we know, because of implicit memory recall of which we are unaware, and that what we call intuition may in fact play a large role in decision-making.

This is key stuff, showing that the Unconscious Mind can encode memories and produce recall entirely without the Conscious Mind being involved. In fact, this seems to prove that “interference” by the Conscious Mind may hamper recall!

The Conscious Mind may well alter recall due to its own rational(izing) needs…

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