Intelligence - Either the person sees the word or they...

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Group differences - genetics do not necessarily have large influence on intelligence Environment more influential Motivation affects IQ Consciousness William James: consciousness is a constantly moving stream of perception, thoughts, memories, emotions , feelings, and intentions These thoughts and feelings are associated with a sense of "self" The mind-brain problem How does consciousness emerge from something tangible Importance of consciousness is that it gives you flexibility Neurology of consciousness Contents of conscious experience is determined by activity in the association and interpretation areas of the brain (frontal cortex, the right parietal cortex, and the object and word recognition areas of the temporal lobe You are conscious of something when its representation takes over much of your brain's activity Masking studies: Brain recordings showed the same areas of visual cortex active in both conditions but activation spread to other areas when subjects were conscious of the word
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Unformatted text preview: Either the person sees the word or they don’t at all. it either takes over the occiptal area or it does not Things in the subconscious are the components that lead to consciousness Level of alertness dependson where you are in your circadian rhythm Functions of Sleep The restorative view: sleep enables the body to repair wear and tear Sleep deprivation can alter immune function and lead to early death Can also lead to hallucinations and perceptual disorder Is required for memory The evolutionary view: sleeping minimizes the consumption of energy at night Sleeping keeps the animal still and therefore safe from walking into dangers at night Characteristics of REM sleep Presence of rapid eye movements Increased presence of dreaming Increased autonomic nervous system activity EEG resembles that of awake state (beta wave) Paralysis of major voluntary muscles Why do we dream? Psychoanalytic view: dreams represent a window into the unconscious...
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2012 for the course 830 201 taught by Professor Leyton during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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