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18 November, 2015 - 17:13
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  • Mental images are possibly more simple in the mind than the full experience of them in reality. They are sometimes dulled down and made less intellectually intense like how dreams are more simple (and there are often simple images in them) than real life experiences.
  • There are obvious and less obvious life factors that influence your emotions. This relates to having to do work to attain consciousness of something. If something is obvious or more significant, it is probably going to be more accessible to consciousness (how 'clear' something is).
  • Someones memory and decision making ability is going to be influenced by their emotional reactions and their personality type.
  • A persons perception of the visual world is going to influence those mental processes (decision making and memory) because vision is a large factor in how emotion is generated, though not necessarily that significant.
  • People are sensitive to different types of emotional information and absorb some things better consciously vs. unconsciously. Some things are also more or less emotionally complex, in addition to being unconscious or conscious.
  • Unconsciously people can get a feel for things - that is what the unconscious is - more automatic - you could have a more conscious feeling for something but it is easier to respond instinctively. This relates to understanding information consciously or unconsciously, if feelings are involved it could be considered to be an unconscious understanding, like how dogs understand if someone is being nice. If it is conscious then you aren't necessarily correct, you are using intellect to guess at something. You could be using your unconscious feelings as well, however.
  • Information that is emotional (such as historical fact) isn't necessarily conscious thinking. One can think objectively about emotional information, and therefore it would be non-emotional to them. However, it makes sense that someone would use emotional information to help remember historical fact, since history is related to life and social interaction information (which are both emotional phenomena).