AUTOMATIC ACTIVATION By N., Sam M.S. - 7 refers to the involuntary processing of stimuli in preparation for associated responses. This activation tends to occur more rapidly than that resulting from an intention. AUTOMATIC ACTIVATION: "Automatic activation of the central nervous system in response to stimuli that has been processed outside of awareness prepares the body to flee if necessary." Related Psychology Terms REACTION TIME (Response Latency) RORSCHACH TEST HABIT ROSENZWEIG PICTURE-FRUSTRATION STUDY (P-F) ADOLESCENCE (Theories) EMOTION (General) Dissociative Identity Disorder EMOTION (Theories) STIMULUS (literally “goad”) ATARACTIC (Atanndc) Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "AUTOMATIC ACTIVATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/automatic-activation/ (accessed December 1, 2021).