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background image Consciousness What does it mean to have free will? -that we are consciously controlling our lives. What is Consciousness? What is your state of awareness? – Drowsy, attentive, day dreaming… What is your self-aware content? Sights, sounds, what do you feel 
(touch)
Consciousness comes from the Latin meaning to know. Can refer to your current awareness of surroundings The mind, held by the brain, holds our consciousness.   The dimensions of Consciousness There are two dimensions of consciousness: wakefulness and awareness - Wakefulness id how alert you are in conjunction with how awake you  are. - Awareness is the how well you are comprhendng or monitoring the 
information around 
you EX: You can be awake but not aware (for example a drunk  person is defiantly awake but not very aware of what he or she
is doing)
The threaded cognitive theory - posits that streams of thought can be represented 
as threads of processing coordinated by a procedural resource, without the need for 
task-specific executive processes.
Minimal Consciousness There are two main states in minimal consciousness ness: coma and the 
vegetative state
Coma: - People cannot be roused from a coma
- Usually results from illness to injury
Veggie: - A person’s eyes may be open but they are unresponsive
- Wakefulness without awareness
background image Attention has a limited capacity.  Dichotic listening  is a psychological test  commonly used to investigate selective attention within the auditory system Moderate Consciousness Tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon (We know a person’s name but can’t come up
with it) can be used to describe moderate consciousness.
Sleep and dreaming is considered being moderately conscious. Full Consciousness In this state we may be stimulate or even excited. We are very engaged in 
the moment.
Can be described as  mindfulness: a heightened awareness of the present  moment. Attention: Focusing Consciousness Selective Attention The ability to focus awareness on something specific This can create gaps in our perception and attention Sustained attention: The ability to maintain focused awareness on a target. Multitasking: WE CANNOT DO MORE THAN ONE THING AT A TIME! SLEEPING AND DREAMING Sleep is like a wall between the real world and our conscious We all have a  Circadian rhythm (our sleep-wake cycle).  Change in temp. Awake  Sleep Awake Sleep

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School: University of South Carolina - Columbia
Department: Psychology
Course: PSYC 101
Professor: Miki Kitchen
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: PSYC, 101, consciousness, and sleep
Name: PSYC 101 chapter 6 notes
Description: This only includes section 1-5 of chapter 6.
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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