Psycho-4 - States of conscienceness Awareness of cognitive...

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States of conscienceness Awareness of cognitive processes, such as sleeping, dreaming, concentrating and making decisions. 1.Waking Consciousness- all thoughts, feelings and perceptions that occur when we are awake and reasonably alert. 2.Altered states of consciousness- mental state that differs noticeably from normal waking consciousness. Explaining waking consciousness. First, consciousness was psychology’s primary concern. Fell out of favor in early 1900’s. Focus on directly observable. Measurable behavior. Change in 1960’s- alternative states of consciousness, rise in Cognitive psychology , advances in neuroscience, dissatisfaction with behaviorism CONSCIOUSNESS vs NONCONSCIOUSNESS Common view- consciousness is only small peak emerging from a mass of unconscious mental activity. Freud- sexual and aggressive instincts that remain largely hidden. Nonconscious- not in conscious thought Together, brain centers provide the self with an overall orientation. When something new, unusual or unexpected occurs, one or more of brain divisions enters consciousness o EX. Asking 1 st grade teacher, before asked the info was in non-conscious
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYCH 2001 taught by Professor Domange during the Fall '08 term at LSU.

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Psycho-4 - States of conscienceness Awareness of cognitive...

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