Mind & Society

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 107–119 | Cite as

Implicit cognition, emotion, and meta-cognitive control

  • Ron SunEmail author
  • Robert C. Mathews


The goal of this research is to understand the interaction of implicit and explicit psychological processes in dealing with emotional distractions and meta-cognitive control of such distractions. The questions are how emotional and meta-cognitive processes can be separated into implicit and explicit components, and how such a separation can be utilized to improve self-regulation of emotion, which can have significant theoretical and practical implications.


Dual processes Implicit cognition Emotion Meta-cognition Learning 



We thank Sean Lane for his collaboration on work related to this project. We thank also our students for their involvement with various experimental aspects of this work. This work has been supported in part by the ARI grant W74V8H-05-K-0002 and the ONR grant N00014-08-1-0068.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cognitive Science DepartmentRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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