Subliminal perception isn’t to be confused with subliminal messaging as such.
Whereas subliminal messaging is the act of using subliminal messages to influence the subconscious mind, subliminal perception is the measure of how much you can perceive – or to put it another way here is a definition of subliminal perception:
Subliminal perception occurs when you are not consciously aware of receiving information, or learning, yet the information is still stored in your mind.
The only way this information reaches your mind is because although you are not consciously aware of it, your subconscious mind is – it is aware of, and can process information on the edge of your consciousness.
There has been a lot of research into the capabilities of the subconscious mind, and some of the most conclusive research came from studies of people with neurological disorders. Sometimes people would have a neurological problem in which they claimed not to see or understand certain stimuli, however they non the less respond on the basis of information conveyed by these stimuli anyway. These people are not lying about their condition, but they are perceiving the information subconsciously.
To explain this further, there is a condition called blindsight. People with blindsight have damage to the primary visual cortex in the brain. As a result they may be unable to perceive visual information in one area of their visual field, they are often unaware of perceiving stimuli within a restricted area of their visual field. However, even though these people can not CONSCIOUSLY see the stimuli in their “blind area, they can still guess the size and shape etc of the object they can not consciously see.
What many people consider folk law, or fairytale is slowly becoming recognized as scientific fact due to studies such as these ones. Subliminal perception is real – it really is possible to take in, store, and learn information subliminally and to later act upon it.
This is the exact concept behind subliminal messages – these messages are designed to be “heard” by your subconscious mind. Even though you will not consciously hear them they will enter your mind and make deep internal changes gradually. If this sounds of interest to you then view further information and our full index of research into subliminal perception.