Psych 101 Lecture 9

Psych 101 Lecture 9 - Consciousness Waking Consciousness...

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Consciousness Waking Consciousness Consciousness Our awareness of ourselves and our environments Difficult to define Human consciousness seems to be a product of: o Our associational capacity o Our attentional capacity o Our capacity for meaning Consciousness: 4 Examples •Meditation •Sleep •Hypnosis •Drugs Meditation Findings •Overall, studies of those who have meditated for many years indicates they are able to use their attention to achieve more “intense” levels of consciousness •This can actually be seen in FMRI data: Their prefrontal cortex regions are more active overall and during attention tasks. 10-19-20 Sleep Disorders Insomnia o Persistent problems in falling or staying asleep Sleep Apnea o Temporary cessation of breathing during sleep o Momentary re-awakenings The Debate About Dreams •Information Processing –We dream because we are re-organizing the “hard-drive” of the brain and consolidating memories •Physiological Functioning –We dream because the brain is randomly firing
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