The experienced cognition framework presented in earlier chapters provides a basis for consciousness-centered cognitive theory that is compatible with the central commitments of current cognitive science. Analyzing the intentional structure of conscious mental states and their relations to the nonconscious processes that support them shows how cognition can be understood as the experience of a conscious agent in reciprocal interaction with the environment. Applying this analysis to skilled cognitive activity provides an approach to a cognitive theory of conscious agency.
In this final section, I consider some implications of the experienced cognition framework. Chapter 14 is concerned with a very compelling idea, the cognitive unconscious said to be revealed by much contemporary research and theory. The experienced cognition framework provides a means for understanding the phenomena supporting this idea, clarifying the relations between such phenomena and intuitions about consciousness. In chapter 15, I conclude by discussing the prospects for person-centered cognitive theory that avoids the euphemisms for agency and subjectivity common in cognitive science.