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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Psychology: Consciousness and the Two Track Mind Forms of Consciousness Consciousness: our awareness of ourselves and our environment o Spontaneously daydreaming, drowsiness, dreaming o Physiologically induced o Psychologically induced Module 7: The Brain and Consciousness Cognitive Neuroscience Interdisciplinary study of the brain activity linked with cognition o Includes perception, thinking, memory, language Link between brain and mind a mystery, but science moving forward o E.g., Brain activity shows which of 10 objects a person is viewing Dual Processing Principle that information is often simultaneously processed on separate conscious and unconscious tracks; AKA parallel processing 2 Track Mind: o Conscious: in awareness; deliberate; slow o Unconscious: automatic; supporting function; fast Example: Looking at a dog o Conscious: Its a lab. o Unconscious: form, movement, distance, color Selective Attention The focusing of conscious awareness on a particular stimulus Cocktail Party Effect: ability to attend to only one voice among many Selective Attention and Accidents Can only focus on one task at a time Inattentional blindness: failing to see visible objects when our attention is directed elsewhere o Ex. Talking on the phone and driving. o Ex. Simons & Chabris (1999) 1 Half of the observers failed to see the gorilla-suited assistant in a ball passing game. Change Blindness Failing to notice changes in the environment Pop Out Phenomenon Stimuli that draw our eye and demand our attention Module 8: Sleep and Dreams Biological Rhythms and Sleep Circadian Rhythms: the biological clock; regular bodily rhythms (e.g., temperature, wakefulness) that occur on a 24-hour cycle o Due to effect of light on the suprachiasmatic nucleus ....
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- Spring '07