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Unmasking the Emotional Unconscious

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Science  15 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5366, pp. 1006
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5366.1006

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The question of what--or where--the unconscious mind is has long been the province of psychotherapists, but now neuroscientists are exploring the nature of awareness, and emotion researchers are joining in. A handful of clever--if controversial--imaging studies offer what may be a glimpse of the elusive unconscious mind at work by revealing different patterns of brain activity when people react to conscious and unconscious emotional stimuli.