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The RIM offers a multitude of predictions that can help improve the understanding of the link between knowledge and action, whether it be explaining the reasoning processes behind complex plans such as the Trojan Horse, the seemingly selfdestructive flight of Icarus, or even the conflict between rationality and impulse as epitomized in Odysseus’ suffering of the Siren’s song. Although effortful, reflective processing may occur in fluent synergy with impulsive processing, there are often conflicts between the two systems. Their resolution is a question of available reflective resources and motivation to use them. But whether the systems work in concert or struggle against one another, the pathway to behavior is ultimately the same—behavioral schemata are activated depending on the results of both systems’ processing. However, it is not just knowledge that may determine action in the context of the RIM. The bidirectional associative links between behavioral schemata and other elements of the impulsive system mean that action, in turn, influences knowledge. This bidirectionality in combination with the functioning of the two systems can tell much about what it means to think and act, when No might appear to mean Yes, and how to pinpoint and modify the elusive implicit self.
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