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Introduction to Psychology PSYC 1001, Section E Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008 Consciousness, Part I (Ch. 5)
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Information Midterm #2 marks will be posted online (WebCT) sometime next week November 7 th , 2008 Last day to withdraw from fall term courses Last day to submit, to the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities, Formal Examination Accommodation Forms for December examinations November 17 th , 2008 Last day to submit journal article summaries for extra credit (2% per summary; max. 4% increase… instead of research participation). Please consult the course outline for more information. December 4 th , 2008 Final examination for this course (PSYC 1001, Section E) 7pm; 3hrs duration; 100-120 MC questions; 50% of final grade Location: TBA
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Today’s class (Objectives) What is consciousness? Levels of Awareness Brain-wave Activity (EEG) Biological Rhythms Circadian Rhythms Melatonin Sleep and Waking Stages of Sleep The effects of aging Neural Bases of Sleep Sleep Disorders The World of Dreams Dream Content, Cultural Influences, and Relevant Theories
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The Nature of Consciousness Consciousness is… the awareness of internal and external stimuli Includes four main components: Awareness of external events Awareness of internal sensations Awareness of the self as the unique being experiencing these events Awareness of thoughts about the experiences Why do we experience consciousness? Must have conferred some kind of survival or reproductive advantage (i.e., to our ancestors)
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The Nature of Consciousness Stream of consciousness (W. James) : The contents of consciousness are in constant flux Levels of awareness : Consciousness is not an all- or-none phenomenon Freud: Conscious vs. Unconscious processes Variations in Levels of Awareness (Carlson, 2001) : Controlled processes: For activities that require almost undivided attention Automatic processes: For activities that can be carried on at the same time as other activities Lowered awareness: For activities with very low levels of awareness
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Levels of Awareness It is rather common for people to engage in behaviours when they are not paying full attention Is this normal? Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES): Have you ever experienced…? Suddenly realizing, when you are driving the car, that you don’t remember what has happened during all or part of the trip Suddenly realizing, when you are listening to someone talk, that you did not hear part or all of what the person said Finding yourself dressing in clothes that you don’t remember putting on
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Dissociative Experiences Scale Finding yourself in a place and having no idea how you got there Experiencing a feeling that seemed as if you were standing next to yourself or watching yourself do something and actually seeing yourself as if you were looking at another person Looking in a mirror and not recognizing yourself
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2010 for the course 32611 PSYC 1001 taught by Professor Darcylitteljohn during the Fall '08 term at Carleton CA.

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Lecture 10. Consciousness, Part I (posted) - Introduction...

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