Consciousness might still be in business, but not in this business

Ran R. Hassin*

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In a recent comment on our paper Implicit Working Memory (Hassin, Bargh, Engell, & McCulluch, 2009) Guterman (2010) argued that a possible interpretation of the results of one of our experiments is that " conscious awareness. ... enabled the participants to find ways to benefit from the predictability. ... while nullifying the cost." Unfortunately, the data do not support this interpretation. Additionally, Guterman (2010) seems to have suggested that our results may be explained by non-working memory processes. We argue against this interpretation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)299-300
Number of pages2
JournalConsciousness and Cognition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Automaticity
  • Consciousness
  • Executive functions
  • Implicit
  • The unconscious
  • Working memory


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