Predictive Mind: An antithesis to Freud’s notion of unconscious

Dec 20, 2018, 7:29 AM EST
(Source: Alan Levine/flickr)
(Source: Alan Levine/flickr)

In 1909, psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud attached scandalous meanings to slip of tongues, dreams and neuroses. He articulated these elements as evidence of an unconscious mind, which he described as, an underlying “cauldron of deeply rooted drives,” especially of sexual energy.

Feud’s model pitches the secret, dark desires of the unconscious mind against the urgings of the conscious, but now a new revolutionary countermodel, “predictive mind,” contends that the two processes aren’t necessarily antithetical, writes Scientific American.

The “predictive mind” model hypothesizes that the brain produces a continuous stream of implicit, unconscious predictions, which are constantly improved by our learning, experience and consciousness. The model says that consciousness is just a product of the failure to predictions, which steers us to take note of events. 

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