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Racial subconscious, racial memory, or tribal memory, was a psychological theory which posited the existence of certain concepts and ideas which were inherent to a species, such as images representative of good and evil, and those which were considered terrifying.
In 2267, upon encountering a series of Gothic imagery clearly meant to frighten Humans, including witches, a black cat, and a dark castle, Commander Spock and Captain Kirk realized that the environment was being created based on the racial memories of Humans as to what would scare them the most. (TOS: "Catspaw")