Psych 101 Ch 6

Psych 101 Ch 6 - Psych 101 Chapter 6 States of...

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Psych 101 2-7-08 Chapter 6: States of Consciousness 1. What is consciousness? a. Our moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment 2. Characteristics of Consciousness a. Subjective and private b. Dynamic-ever changing c. Self-reflective and central to sense of self-we are aware of our own consciousness 3. Consciousness is intimately connected with selective attention a. Focus awareness on some stimuli to the exclusion of others 4. Measuring States of Consciousness a. Self-reports b. Physiological measures-e.e.g.tests (?) c. Behavioral measures-performance type tests 5. Levels of Consciousness (Freud) a. Conscious i. Thoughts/perceptions that we are currently aware of b. Preconscious i. Outside current awareness but can be easily recalled c. Unconscious i. Cannot be brought into conscious awareness (repressed) 6. The Cognitive Unconscious a. Conscious and unconscious processes are complementary…work in harmony b. Controlled Processing i. Conscious use of attention, effort (e.g., learning to ride a bike, planning a vacation, studying for a test)
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c. Automatic Processing i. Perform tasks with little or no conscious awareness or effort (e.g., riding a bicycle while talking) 7. Circadian Rhythms a. Daily (24-hour) biological cycles b. Affect body temperature, some hormonal secretions, other bodily functions c. Think of it as the day/night cycle d. Regulated by the Suprachiasmatic Nuclei (SCN) in the brain (specifically in the hypothalamus) e. SCN neurons link to pineal gland, which secretes melatonin i. Circadian rhythms vulnerable to disruption 1. SAD (seasonal affected disorder)-depressed during certain seasons of year f. SCN neurons become active during the day, thus decreasing the pineal glands
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Grant during the Spring '08 term at BU.

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Psych 101 Ch 6 - Psych 101 Chapter 6 States of...

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