autonoetic

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adjective au·to·no·et·ic \ ˌȯ-tə-nə-ˈwe-tik \

Definition of autonoetic

psychology
:relating to or characterized by the capacity to be aware of one’s own existence as an entity in time
  • Among the capacities thought to be uniquely human are autonoetic consciousness, the aspect of self-awareness that allows us to imagine our own experiences in different places at other times …
  • —R. Shayna Rosenbaum et al.Science23 Nov. 2007
  • It [episodic memory] makes possible mental time travel through subjective time, from the present to the past, thus allowing one to re-experience, through autonoetic awareness, one’s own previous experiences.
  • —Endel TulvingAnnual Review of Psychology2002
  • Autonoetic consciousness is the capacity that allows adult humans to mentally represent and to become aware of their protracted existence across subjective time.
  • —Mark A. Wheeler et al.Psychological BulletinMay 1997

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