Chapter 6A (Consciousness) - Thursday October 29 2009

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Chapter 6: Consciousness Thursday October 29, 2009 Reviews questions Q: Which of the following is a binocular depth cue? A: Convergence Q: Feature detectors that respond maximally t o the particular stimulus, such a line orientation are located in the A: Visual cortex Chapter 6 Defining consciousness What is consciousness? o Awareness of internal and external stimuli o Broader than attention Levels of awareness o James-stream of consciousness o Freud-unconscious o Jung-collective unconscious o Sleep/ dreaming o Emotional unconscious CONSCIOUSNESS IS: o Subjective and private o Dynamic-- Ever changing o Self-reflective--Central to our sense of self o Selective attention--Unlimited possibilities
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Levels of consciousness Psychodynamic perspective (Freud) o Conscious mind Thoughts, perception mental events in our awareness o Preconscious mind Outside of current awareness, but easily recalled o Unconscious mind Normally can’s be brought into awareness Components of personality (Freud) ID: instinctual sexual and aggressive drives Unconscious EGO: mediating between ID and superego Conscious (& preconscious) Superego: internalized moral Conscious (& preconscious) Neural mapping of Freud’s model of the mind Frontal cortex (Superego) Posterior cortex (EGO) Brainstem/ limbic system (ID) Jung’s Conception of personality Ego, personal unconscious, collective unconscious -differ from Freud’s definitions The evolution of consciousness “Cosmic consciousness” “The psychogenesis of man”
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*Human consciousness is evolving Stages of evolution 1. Simple consciousness Awareness of one’s environment Shared with lower animals Few days after birth 2.
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