Subliminal study shows subconscious learning is possible

October 26, 2001 | Source: New Scientist

Subconscious learning probably is possible, say Boston University researchers, and subconscious learning may affect our conscious decisions — without our realising it.

Takeo Watanabe and his colleagues at Boston University found that people who had watched a particular direction of subliminal dot movement during a letter-naming trial were significantly better at picking it out later.

The finding challenges the idea that attention is an essential element of the learning process.

Journal reference: Nature (vol 413, p 844)