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The memories or feelings that are not part of one's immediate awareness but that can be recalled through conscious effort.

pre·con′scious adj.
pre·con′scious·ly adv.


(Psychology) psychol prior to the development of consciousness
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal mental contents or activity not immediately in consciousness but readily brought there
preˈconsciously adv
preˈconsciousness n


(priˈkɒn ʃəs)

1. capable of being readily brought into consciousness.
2. occurring prior to the development of consciousness.
3. the complex of memories and emotions that may influence or readily be brought into consciousness.
pre•con′scious•ly, adv.
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Our preconscious use of geonic forms--wedges, boxes, barrels, donuts, cones--is reinforced by our associative memories of all the built places that have convened those templates.
It turned out that, since one is conscious and the other preconscious, they do not "dialogically interact" as two autonomous operations but one operation acts as the other's suppressed enabler/disabler.
Due to the implication of these underlying unconscious, preconscious, and conscious processes, Fonagy, Steele, and Steele [9] and Slade [10] investigated the mother's fantasies, reflective functioning and its impact on the mother infant relationship.
Drawing on experimental psychology, Massumi explains that priming works in the preconscious arena of bare activity, using the fraction of a second prior to conscious decision making to influence future experience.
These particular ethical challenges involve accessing and working with participants' preconscious and unconscious material outside of a psychotherapeutic relationship and the possible promotion of a psychotherapeutic expectancy in participants.
The unconscious, the preconscious and the self concept.
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Indeed, most bodily activities, most thinking, most emotions, and increasingly recognized, most decisions take place in the more surface preconscious, and the more unattainable unconscious.
In relation with the proper names of the main characters from the prose here under study, the term is approached from the perspective of Freud who defines it as "an imaginary, conscious, preconscious or unconscious scenario, involving one or more characters, and which expresses--in a more or less disguised manner--a desire" (Larousse: 1997, p.
is considered to be an expert in the area of preconscious information processing and has served as an expert witness with regards to both subliminal communication and hypnosis.
We have no dependable subjective access to any of the preconscious processing that results in conscious phenomenon (e.