Module 10.1

Module 10.1 - Module 10.1 Conscious and Unconscious...

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Module 10.1 Conscious and Unconscious Processes Consciousness is difficult to define Consciousness of a stimulus depends on the amount of brain activity because at any moment stimuli compete for your attention You become conscious of something when its information takes over much of your brains activity Binocular rivalry: alternation between seeing the pattern in the left retina and the pattern in the right retina During this, input from one eye is unconscious even though it continues to reach the brain and your brain continues processing it Attention will shift faster to the other eye if you see a face, or an emotion, or a language that you can read Something meaningful captures your attention even before you are conscious of what it is A conscious perception controls the activity over a large portion of the brain Your brain is occupied with whatever is at the time conscious therefore hard to be conscious of 2 things at once Can brain measurements infer the presence of consciousness? Brain death:
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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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