PSYCH Lecture 8 - Consciousness II

PSYCH Lecture 8 - Consciousness II - Consciousness Part Two...

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Unformatted text preview: Consciousness Part Two February 3 rd , 2011 Altered Levels of Consciousness Hypnosis: systematic procedure that typically produces a heightened sense of susceptibility Various factors involved in hypnosis Anesthesia Sensory Distortions Disinhibition Post-hypnotic amnesia (after hypnotized, can you still convince someone to do something) Hilgard Altered level of consciousness; dissociation Spanos Subjects interpret their behavior as caused by something other than self Rituals surrounding hypnosis increase suggestibility and create expectations Suggestibility listen to what people tell you to do Hypnotic subjects are those more likely to be absorbed in fantasy Watching TV while the house is burning down Summation of Spanos beliefs: Hypnosis represents a voluntary action, brought about by expectations Hypnotic behaviors are highly motivated, goal- directed social behavior Hypnosis is not truly an altered state of consciousness Good hypnotic subjects are most suggestible Altered States: The Impact of Drugs on Consciousness Psychoactive Drugs: A substance that affects perception, mood, thinking, memory or behavior by changing the bodys chemistry Tolerance: The progressive decrease in a persons responsiveness to a drug Dependence: Psychological Dependence: Person must continue to take a drug to satisfy emotional cravings Physical Dependence: Person must continue to take drug to avoid withdrawal illness Categories of Drugs Stimulants: speed up activity in the CNS Ex. Cocaine, ecstasy, etc Opiates/Narcotics: mimic endorphins, increase pleasure and decrease pain Heroine, morphine, etc...
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PSYCH Lecture 8 - Consciousness II - Consciousness Part Two...

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