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Psychology in Action

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Do you remember childhood experiences of whirling around in circles, mutual "choking," or other activities designed to create alternate states of consciousness? Please explain. 2. What is your favorite daydream? Under what conditions would daydreaming be helpful? Detrimental? 3. Are you a long or short sleeper? Do you enjoy sleeping or do you resist it? Explain. 4. Why are alcohol and cocaine such problem drugs for today's college students? What were the "drugs of choice" during your parents' college days? 5. Have you ever been hypnotized? Did you enjoy the experience? 6. Have you ever experienced an alternate state through meditation or peak experiences? What was it like? Active Learning Activity 5.5- Drug Interview or Speaker Have students talk to friends or associates who have used drugs (this can include alcohol as one drug widely used and legal) and prepare a report on the various characteristics of ASCs. It can also be useful to invite speakers from local drug prevention agencies. Instructor’s Resource Guide                          Chapter 5                                                 Page  164
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Active Learning Activity 5.6 – Methods of Altering Consciousness Use Handout 5.6 – Active Learning, to focus students on learning the similarities and differences among methods of altering consciousness. Active Learning Activity 5.7 – Comparing States of Consciousness Use Handout 5.7 – Active Learning, to help students learn the similarities and differences among the various states of consciousness including sleep and dreaming, the hypnotic state, and the meditative state. This activity is excellent for both an introductory overview and/or summary activity. Handout 5.7 is especially helpful in giving students a “big picture” of states of consciousness and presents a structure for lecture and discussion. Pass out Handout 5.7 (a) – Active Learning, to be used either singly or in groups. Have the students fill in the cells in the grid. Handout 5.7 (b) can be distributed as a study guide. Adapted and enhanced from Charles T. Tart States of Consciousness. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1975 H andout 5.6 – Active Learning Instructor’s Resource Guide                          Chapter 5                                                 Page  165
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Methods of Altering Consciousness Drugs Hypnosis Meditation How aware are you of the external environment? How aware are you of the internal environment? Are you able to observe yourself consciously? How able are you to control your fine body movements? How alert are you to the passage of time? Who/What is directing the flow of your consciousness?
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