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Unformatted text preview: Consciousness- is awareness of ourselves and our environment Described by two key factors- clarity of content and level of arousal • Dreaming, general anesthesia, deep sleep, drowsiness, more Neuroscience and C • When you look at C many parts of the brain are active- makes the study more complicated- We do not understand what makes things C Difficult to think of a operational def and measure C- so ppl record their own thinking- which is not accurate and reliable form of measuring consciousness There are areas in the brain that are important for the study of C • Hypo • Amygdala- emotion • Reticular formation • Thalamus- wave station for receiving info • Hippo Limbic system- begs the question if animals have conscious because they have a limbic system Global Workspace Hypotheses We have workspace neurons and intergrate expiernces into procduce what we experience as conscious C is made possivle by a pattern of integrated meural activity In turn made possible by connections provided by workdspace neurons Cognitive Unconscious Much of what’s going on in out minds happens outside awareness Many processes of the mind unfold in the cognitive unconscious People are aware only of the result of those processes Function of Consciousness The cognitive unconscious allows processes that are fast, effortless, and automatic Consciousness may be needed when we widh to rise avlive habit or reside Blindsight- describe the ability to detect and not be aware of them- different from vision- vision is not entirely seeing - there can be things that are out of awareness and can brought into your awareness Altered C Sleeping Biological Rhythms- Biological rhythms are controlled by internal ‘biological clocks’- in humans 24 hour rhythms- much longer than other species- daily routines Even w/o external stimulation studies have shown that ppl still follow a 24 hour Jet lag- that shift will interfere with your seriated rhythms- they are resistant to change Sleep deprivation- in an individ remains awake for several days deteriorate, in terms of immunes function, concentration, and accidents- not accurately going through sleep cycles or disruption of sleep- infants have no continuous cycle and their sleep is interrupted continuous...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course PSYCH 001 taught by Professor Ali during the Spring '10 term at UPenn.
- Spring '10