Conscious and unconscious processes in human desire

Kavanagh, David J., Andrade, Jackie, & May, Jon (2009) Conscious and unconscious processes in human desire. Psyche, 15(2), pp. 83-91.

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Elaborated Intrusion theory (Kavanagh, Andrade & May 2005) distinguishes between unconscious, associative processes as the precursors of desire, and controlled processes of cognitive elaboration that lead to conscious sensory images of the target of desire and associated affect. We argue that these mental images play a key role in motivating human behavior. Consciousness is functional in that it allows competing goals to be compared and evaluated. The role of effortful cognitive processes in desire helps to explain the different time courses of craving and physiological withdrawal.

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ID Code: 28523
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1039-723X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2009 23:11
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 14:40

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