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School: West Texas A&M University
Department: Psychology
Course: Psychology
Professor: W Staff
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: General Psycology
Name: Psych 2301 Chapter 3 Notes
Description: Covers the content in lecture over chapter 3
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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background image Chapter 3 The Conscious Mind 3.1 What Does It Mean to Be Conscious? Because of the very nature of consciousness, conscious experiences 
differ from person to person
Consciousness o The combination of a person’s subjective experience of the  external world and the person’s mental activity; this combination
results from brain activity
Most psychologists reject dualism for materialism, 
this idea that the brain and the mind are 
inseparable and that the processing of the brain 
allows for the experiences of the mind
When we are fully conscious, we are very alert (attention) Have you ever begun daydreaming while reading and then 
realized you had no idea what you had just read? You were 
going through the motions of reading, but you were 
essentially unconscious of what you read
Salient stimulus- light blinking demands attention  Continuous – changing of alertness: not paying attention to
what you read
Subliminal perception Flashed picture on the screen
Interpretation that meaning of what you saw
The processing of information by sensory systems without a 
person’s conscious awareness Through material presented subliminally can influence how
people process information, it has little or no effect on 
complex thinking and actions
Priming (stand-up comedians)  Has unconscious way of how you react to something  Brain activity gives rise to consciousness Psychologists examine and even measure consciousness and  other mental states once considered too subjective to be studied Psychology is beginning to reveal how brain activity may 
give rise to specific subjective experiences 
o Global Workspace Model Consciousness is a product of activity in specific brain 
regions
The key idea of the global workspace model is that 
no single area of the brain is responsible for general 
“awareness”
background image NO case can get rid of conscious self (brain surgery, 
paralysis)
Prefrontal “I understand plans” Primary Motor “I’m all about movement” Parietal Lobe “I’m aware of space” Occipital Lobe  “I see things” Temporal Lobe  “I hear things” Split Brain A condition in which the corpus callosum is surgically cut and, as  a result, the two hemispheres of the brain do not receive 
information directly from each other
Just as the brain has been split in two, so has the conscious
mind
Provides many important insights into the basic 
organization and specialized functions of each brain 
hemisphere
Consciousness has been split Normally work together until split Right hemisphere:  better with spatial relationships processes left visual field information controls left side body movements Left Hemisphere: Better with language Processes right visual field information Controls right side body movements  o The interpreter The sense-construction activity in the left hemisphere is 
called the interpreter
This term means that the left hemisphere is 
interprets what the right hemisphere has done
Doing things backwards in time Jerry Lebe- doodling with the banana (backward 
justification)
3.2 How Does Sleep Affect Consciousness?

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School: West Texas A&M University
Department: Psychology
Course: Psychology
Professor: W Staff
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: General Psycology
Name: Psych 2301 Chapter 3 Notes
Description: Covers the content in lecture over chapter 3
Uploaded: 09/19/2016
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