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Psych Ch. 3

by: Kristen Pruett

Psych Ch. 3 Psych100

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Consciousness and the Two-Track Mind
General Psychology
Kristen Begosh
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kristen Pruett on Friday February 26, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Psych100 at University of Delaware taught by Kristen Begosh in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 30 views. For similar materials see General Psychology in Psychlogy at University of Delaware.


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Date Created: 02/26/16
2/22    Consciousness and the Two­Track Mind    Brain States and Consciousness  ­ Defining consciousness: our awareness of ourselves and our environment  ­ some states occur spontaneously: daydreaming, drowsiness, dreaming  ­ some are physiologically induced: hallucinations, orgasm, food or oxygen  starvation  ­ some are psychologically induced: sensory deprivation, hypnosis, meditation  ­ The Biology of Consciousness  ­ cognitive neuroscience: study of connection between brain activity and cognitive  processes (e.g. perception, thinking, language, memory)  ­ evidence of consciousness when when lack ability to communicate (for instance  a person in a coma)  ­ but how do neural impulses translate to consciousness?  ­ Biology of Consciousness  ­ Dual processing: The Two­Track Mind  ­ dual processing: we evaluate our environment both consciously and  unconsciously  ­ unconsciously: color, motion, form, depth  ­ consciously: I see a bird  ­ Blindsight: respond to visual stimulus without consciously experiencing it   ­ ex. if you say “imagine picking up a basketball” you wouldn’t put out two  fingers to grab it as if it were as small as a golf ball, you would use both  hands and vise versa  ­ “Broken” visual perception track (i.e ventral pathway)  ­ ventral or “what” stream  ­ can see and recognize objects but difficulty pouting toward or grasping  ­ “Broken” visual action track (i.e dorsal pathway)  ­ dorsal or “where” stream  ­ Unconscious: works in parallel  ­ Conscious: sequential and deliberate    2/24  ­ Selective Attention  ­ focus conscious awareness on a particular stimulus  ­ cocktail party effect  ­ can ignore all other incoming information, but become aware of own  name  ­ accidents  ­ when engaged in task, blink less  ­ cost involved in shifting attention  ­ no such thing as multitasking  ­ no significant difference in accident risk between handheld and handsfree  devices  ­ Selective Inattention  ­ inattentional blindness  ­ failing to see visible objects when our attention is directed  elsewhere  ­ change blindness   ­ failing to notice changes in the environment  ­ watching a video of people passing basketballs and not  noticing a gorilla walk by 


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