9_10_07 - Michael Lorberg Expos 101 1. Drawing on the...

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Michael Lorberg Expos 101 1. Drawing on the information Stout provides, discuss the relations between the mind---in particular the memory---and the brain. Why are traumatic memories generally inaccessible? When Stout refers to “our divided awareness,” what does she mean? Is it possible for awareness to become undivided? If such a state can be achieved at all, can it ever become permanent, or is “dividedness” an inescapable feature of consciousness itself? Under normal circumstances, memories are passed along from the amygdale to the hippocampus which consolidates memories based on their emotional priority. Traumatic memories, on the other hand, overload the brain, and actually cause a decrease in hippocampal activation, causing ineffective organization of memories and instead result in isolated sensory images and bodily sensations “that are not localized in time or even in situation, or integrated with other events.” “Divided awareness” refers to one’s “self” being separated from one’s body left in reality. In severe enough cases, it is possible for awareness to become undivided, and can become permanent. 2.
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course EXPOS 101 taught by Professor Frank during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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9_10_07 - Michael Lorberg Expos 101 1. Drawing on the...

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