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Psychology in Action

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Based on a presentation by Charles Tart Observing the Mind: Basic Training in Skilled Means presented at the Tuscon III Workshop: Toward a Science of Consciousness 1998. Instructor’s Resource Guide                          Chapter 5                                                 Page  162
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A ctive L earning Active Learning Activity 5.1 - Introducing States of Consciousness Put the words sleep, dreams, drugs, hypnosis, and meditation on the board. Ask students to form groups and make a list of additional ASCs (e.g., daydreaming, dancing, chanting, etc.). You may want to offer extra points to the group with the longest list. Ask for examples from their lists and add them to the board. Use their lists of suggestions to differentiate the concepts of stream of consciousness, levels of awareness, and alternate states of consciousness. Ask which of these methods could be abused. Use their responses to lead-in to a discussion of abuse versus use, physical and psychological dependence, tolerance, and so on. Active Learning Activity 5.2 - Field Trip to a Sleep Center Try to arrange a field trip to a local sleep disorder clinic for a small group of students. For information on the nearest sleep center, contact Dr. William Dement, ASDC, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305. For on-line searches of the nearest sleep lab location, a good site to start at is: . Active Learning Activity 5.3 - Dream Diary Ask students to keep a dream diary for several weeks. Encourage them to keep the materials next to the bed so they can immediately record their dreams upon awakening. Instruct them to record the time they went to bed, preceding events, physical and emotional state, food and drug consumption, number and relationship of the people in the dream, specific activities in the dream, and so on. Ask them to consider the various theories of dreaming (wish-fulfillment, activation-synthesis, etc.) and pick the ones most useful to their particular dreams. If you have time, it may be useful to share some of these journals during class time. Active Learning Activity 5.4 - Personal Survey Given the fact that students often enjoy structured activities that allow them to interact with other classmates, the following personal survey serves a "social" function for the students as well as an educational tool for introducing the topic of alternate states of consciousness. Inform the students that they will be sharing their responses with other students, allow them five to ten minutes to complete the form (Handout 5.4 – Active Learning), and then assign them to groups of four or five to discuss their responses.   H andout 5.4 – Active Learning Instructor’s Resource Guide                          Chapter 5                                                 Page  163
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