The Intuitive Mind

  • Joseph ShaulesEmail author


This chapter argues that recent insights into the intuitive mind can help us understand the deeper processes of language and culture learning. It gives an overview of dual-processing models of cognition, which describe the contrasting processes of the conscious and unconscious mind. It examines the role that the intuitive mind plays in navigating our everyday lives, and distinguishes between contrasting forms of knowing and learning: surface (explicit, conscious, conceptual) and deep (implicit, tacit, intuitive). Gaining intuitive knowledge is said to be a key goal of both language and culture learning. Gaining intuitive knowledge is said to be deep, complex, and intense. It requires the embodiment of complex patterns, a process that is experienced in intense, often challenging, ways. This chapter reviews ideas related to intuitive knowledge in intercultural education, and lays the groundwork for exploring the notion of deep learning in the next chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Japan Intercultural InstituteTokyoJapan

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