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Chapter 6: States of Consciousness (Lecture and Textbook Notes)

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Chapter 6: States of Consciousness (Lecture and Textbook Notes) PSY 1012-002

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These notes cover the first section of chapter 6 and includes both definitions and concepts from the textbook and today's lecture.
General Psychology
James J. Jakubow
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Psychology, Intro to Psychology
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Date Created: 09/23/16
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (PSY1012) 10/03/2016 Chapter 6: States of Consciousness The Nature of Consciousness Section’s from the textbook covered in today’s lecture: - Consciousness of the Brain - Levels of Awareness Definition of Consciousness Consciousness​: Awareness of external events and internal sensations, including awareness of the self and thoughts about one’s experiences; the awareness occurs under a condition of arousal. Consciousness differs betwe​ umans​ and ​animals​. ● Human Consciousness ○ What a person is currently AWARE of ● AWAREness ○ A behavioral state that requires language to be observed ○ If there is no spoken, signed, or written language exhibited, then there is no measure of human consciousness ○ Imagine what a person would appear like if he or she exhibited behavior but no measure of language ○ Could you prove that someone has no consciousness even after they use language? ● Animal Consciousness ○ What an animal is currently AWARE of ● AWAREness ○ Because animals do not exhibit human language skills their measure of awareness is most often assessed by testing their accuracy in learning and memory tests ■ Does their behavior change when the environment changes? ■ Do they exhibit any memory? ● Limited in assessment of animal consciousness The definition of consciousness -- whether human or animal-- is closely related to: - Behavioral psychology GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (PSY1012) 10/03/2016 ● Consciousness ○ Studied since the beginning of psychology ○ It was frequently tied to unscientific concepts ■ Supernatural explanations ○ The continued study of consciousness has slowly focused the empirical facts to a mixture of language and memory processes ● Consciousness by any other name… ○ 1880s: Consciousness (metaphysical explanations used for consciousness) ○ 1910s: Awareness (Studying consciousness from a scientific standpoint but the metaphysical explanations come again) ○ 1950s: Attention (Studying consciousness from a scientific standpoint) ○ 1960s: Working memory ○ 1980s: Executive function ● Levels of Awareness ● These are fuzzy categories: ○ Higher-level consciousness ■ Requires focused attention ○ Lower-level consciousness ■ Daydreaming, little attention required ○ Altered state of consciousness ■ Drugs, trauma, tiredness ○ Subconscious awareness ■ Dreaming ○ No awareness ■ Being anesthetized ● These categories all involve various levels of attention ● Warning ○ The idea that everyone has a subconscious that houses “mental conflict” has ​ been ​abandoned by scientific psychology ■ Internal mental conflict is a Freudian theoretical concept that has not gained any scientific support over the past 110 years ○ The subconscious is also where subliminal messages are supposed to control your behavior ■ This is also an idea with little scientific merit


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