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Introduction to Psychology Consciousness
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Consciousness William James (1890): Consciousness is a constantly moving stream of thoughts, feelings, and emotions Consciousness can be viewed as our subjective awareness of mental events Functions of consciousness: Monitoring mental events Control: consciousness allows us to formulate and reach goals Consciousness may have evolved to direct or control behavior in adaptive ways
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Cortex and Consciousness The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is activated during conscious control tasks Subjects asked to name the ink color in the Stroop task below have difficulty when the word name and color are different This color-naming task was associated with activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex
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Attention Our conscious awareness is limited in capacity and we are aware of only a small amount of the stimuli around us at any one time Attention refers to the process by which we focus our awareness Three functions of attentional processes: Orienting function toward the environment Control of the content of consciousness I will think about this issue but not that one… Maintaining alertness
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2010 for the course PSY PSY100H1 taught by Professor Urbszat during the Spring '09 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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