Why did I do that? Explaining actions activated outside of awareness

  title={Why did I do that? Explaining actions activated outside of awareness},
  author={Ana P. Gantman and Marieke A Adriaanse and Peter M. Gollwitzer and Gabriele Oettingen},
  journal={Psychonomic Bulletin \& Review},
We review the latest research investigating how people explain their own actions when they have been activated nonconsciously. We will discuss evidence that when nonconsciously activated behavior is unexpected (e.g., norm- violating, against self -standards), negative affect arises and triggers confabulations aimed to explain the behavior. Nonconsciously activated behaviors may provide a window into everyday confabulation of (erroneous) explanations for behavior, which may also affect self… 
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