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    Understanding human consciousness Mind-body question Dualism  – the belief that the  body is physical but the  mind (soul) is not Monism  – the belief that the  world consists only of matter  and energy and that the  mind is a phenomenon  produced by the workings of  the nervous system
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    Understanding human consciousness Blindsight Def : the ability of a person who cannot see objects in his or her  blind field to accurately reach fro them while remaining unconscious  of perceiving them Caused by damage to the “mammalian” visual system of the brain Suggests the common belief that perceptions must enter  consciousness in order to affect our behavior is incorrect
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    Understanding human consciousness Split brains Corpus callosum  – the largest commissure of the brain,  interconnecting the areas of neocortex on each side of the brain CC connects the 2 cerebral hemispheres (L and R) Epilepsy – split-brain operation Can detect olfactory stimuli on ipsilateral (same) side, but not on  contralateral (opposite) side If split-brain patient is given olfactory stimulus (eg flower odor) to  only right nostril, they will say they smell nothing (b/c right side 
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This note was uploaded on 07/31/2011 for the course PSB 3004 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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