Methodology of Behavioral Research: the Research of Consciousness and Non-Conscious Processes



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the research of consciousness and the non-conscious cognition (intuition, implicit learning, implicit memory, intuitive decision making). During the course, we plan to explore and discuss the challenges within consciousness research. We will put special emphasis on the questions of what and how the non-conscious aspects of human cognitive functions can be explored. The discussions of non-conscious control of the affective and cognitive processes will be adjusted to the interest of the participants of the course. The reading materials of the course will be taken from the recent and seminal papers of the international literature. 

From the provided literature, the students will gain insight to the concepts and methodologies of the field. Skills to be acquired will be the collusion of theoretical knowledge and the critical perspective.

  • Aczel, B., Lukacs, B., Komlos, J., & Aitken, M. R. F. (2011).Unconscious intuition or conscious analysis? Critical questions for the Deliberation-Without-Attention paradigm. Journal of Judgment and Decision Making. 6(4), 351-358.
  • Cleeremans, A., & Jimenez, L. (2002). Implicit learning and consciousness: A graded, dynamic perspective. Implicit learning and consciousness: An empirical, computational and philosophical consensus in the making (pp. 1–40). Hove, England: Psychology Press.
  • Destrebecqz, A., &Peigneux, P. (2006).Methods for studying unconscious learning. Progress in Brain Research, 150, 69-81.
  • Hogarth, R. M. (2010). Intuition: A Challenge for Psychological Research on Decision Making. Psychological Inquiry, 21(4), 338-353.
  • Lovibond, P. F., & Shanks, D. R. (2002). The role of awareness in Pavlovian conditioning: Empirical evidence and theoretical implications. Journal of Experimental Psychology Animal Behavior Processes, 28(1), 3-26.