DrugsConsciousness - Consciousness & Drugs 1....

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Consciousness & Drugs 1. Consciousness States 1. Pre-, Un-, and Non-conscious 2. Psychoactive Drugs 1. Depressant, stimulant, hallucinogen 2. Addiction 3. Alcohol 4. State Dependence 5. Interaction Definition ± consciousness : the current awareness of external or internal stimuli that are “in the mental spotlight” ± preconscious = memories that can be called to consciousness fairly easily ± unconscious = ideas and memories that cannot be brought to mind easily ± nonconscious = processes which cannot be brought into consciousness Psychoactive Drugs ± psychoactive drugs : chemicals that alter perceptions and or mood ± depressant : calms neural activity and slows bodily functions (e.g., alcohol, opiates) ± stimulant : excites neural activity and arouses bodily functions (e.g., caffeine, cocaine) ± hallucinogen : distorts perceptions and or creates sensory images without sensory input (e.g., LSD)
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Effects of Drugs ± tolerance : decreasing drug effect with use, requiring increasing dosages to obtain the same effect ±
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2010 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Ennis during the Spring '09 term at Waterloo.

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