I'm looking for some examples to understand what people call their intuition at work when making their decisions.

For example:

  • We learn to type and then after some time we begin to type by automatically knowing position of alphabet on the keyboard.

  • We learn to ride a vehicle and then after some time we ride it without having to think.

Are these the examples of what we call our intuition? If not, how do they happen?


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No, these are not examples of intuition, but examples of procedural memory (or automaticity). Procedural memory is the ability to perform certain tasks without conscious awareness.

  • $\begingroup$ Does procedural memory also work at unconscious level of mind same as intuition? or could it be stored in sub-conscious mind? $\endgroup$
    – user630
    Apr 15, 2012 at 12:20
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    $\begingroup$ I do not understand the difference between "work at unconscious level of mind" and "stored in sub-conscious mind". Furthermore, please note that "sub-conscious" is not a construct you would use in cognitive psychology. $\endgroup$
    – H.Muster
    Apr 15, 2012 at 12:25
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    $\begingroup$ Can also be described in terms of automaticity : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automaticity $\endgroup$
    – vizzero
    Apr 15, 2012 at 12:53

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