Psychology-Subliminal Messages & Consciousness

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-Subliminal Messages-
The definition of subliminal is to exist or operate below the threshold of consciousness or employing stimuli insufficiently intense to produce a discrete sensation but often being or designed to be intense enough to influence the mental processes or the behavior of the individual. Subliminal messages, on the other hand, are messages which your conscious mind does not have enough time to process, yet you understand on a subconscious level. They are things that we never think about, yet they are messages that we can understand. The way they affect our brain is a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for years. The subliminal messages often derive from entrepreneurs who offer recordings that speak directly to our brains. Such examples being to help us lose weight, stop smoking, or help with improving our memories. Subliminal messages are quick to the point that the conscious mind does not recognize them. They rarely last more than a second or two. Because of this, the conscious mind does not have enough time to figure them out. These messages claim two assumptions. The first assumption is that we can unconsciously sense the subliminal stimuli. The second is that we can unconsciously sense stimuli without our awareness which have astonishingly suggestive influences. In some sense we can. The question is whether or not we can sense these messages and how they affect our behavior.

Because subliminal messages do not last for a long time, they are picked up by the subconscious mind instead of the conscious mind. Since the conscious mind is in control of short-term memory, the subconscious mind has more time to process all of the things the working memory picks up. Since working memory lasts less than a second for the most part, the subconscious mind has time to pick up the subliminal messages. Because of this, the working memory will pick up the signal and it will stick in your mind. Sometimes, people misconstrue messages in the media with...
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