Date: 2017-05-26 03:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chozomind

This is a common distinction in cognitive science, sometimes referred to as "type 1" and "type 2" thinking, or more descriptively as intuitive vs. reflective, or intuitive vs. analytic.

Intuitive cognition consists of automatic reactions, and it's more "in the moment," whereas reflective or analytic cognition is a slower process of thinking things through slowly. I think, but don't quote me on this, that they do occur in different areas of the brain? Either one can override or reinforce the other, depending on the context.

This kind of distinction is made in all sorts of contexts; I've mostly read about it in the context of cognitive science of religion, where it's used to distinguish spiritual experiences, or religious engagement in services/rituals, as products of type 1 or intuitive cognition. (They also talk about those kinds of intuitive reactions arising when people read IFLScience feeds.)
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