If I am not mistaken, the term "subconscious" is related to psychoanalysis and is usually avoided in academic psychology. Instead the term "unconscious" is used to describe phenomena happening without conscious awareness.

Therefore: Should the tag be renamed to ?

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    Isn't unconscious-mind a better term? Seeing "unconscious" out of context looks like it's about people who have passed out. – Ben Brocka Apr 19 '12 at 21:14
  • In principle the lack of context might lead to this misinterpretation, but I would think that, since this is a cognitive science Q&A, the context is clearly defined. I never read a psychology paper about people that had passed out. Nevertheless renaming the tag would be fine with me. – H.Muster Apr 20 '12 at 6:15
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    True enough, I'll Tag Wiki it though to clarify – Ben Brocka Apr 20 '12 at 14:10

That was my mistake, and my fault for not being actually involved in academic psychology. I listened to the source I was quoting again, and indeed I had misquoted. Eric Kandell was indeed talking about the unconscious and did not use the term subconscious.

I have updated and retagged my question; thank you for bringing this up!

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    Many thanks for clarifying. – H.Muster Apr 19 '12 at 12:03

That sounds reasonable to me. I think "subconscious" has only been used on one question. So it's pretty simple to change that.

  • Yes, only one so far, but I was about to add "unconscious" to two other questions and noted the existence of the "subconscious" tag. – H.Muster Apr 19 '12 at 11:58

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