States of Consciousness - Long Branch Public Schools

States of Consciousness - Long Branch Public Schools

Objective 11/7/16 Provided notes & an activity SWBAT evaluate states of consciousness & hypnosis Agenda: Do Now-HW quiz, review your reading Notes Activity Psychology: Consciousness A P P S Y C H O L O G Y: U N I T 4 Topic: States of Consciousness Activity: Fact or Falsehood? Consciousness has an unlimited capacity False

Most university students are evening persons whose performance improves throughout the day True People who sleep seven to eight hours a night tend to outlive those who are chronically sleep deprived True Activity: Fact or Falsehood? The most common dreams are those with

sexual imagery False The majority of characters in mens dreams are female False Most psychologists believe that dreams provide a key to understanding our inner conflicts

False Activity: Fact or Falsehood? Under hypnosis, people can be induced to perform feats they would otherwise find impossible False Under hypnosis, people can be induced to perform feats they would otherwise find immoral

False Activity: Fact or Falsehood? Those given morphine to control pain often become addicted to the drug False In large amounts, alcohol is a depressant; in small amounts, it is a stimulant False

Consciousness: The Basics Consciousness: The Basics Consciousness Awareness of oneself and ones environment Both internal & external stimuli

Contents are continuously changing Consciousness rarely comes to a standstill Allows for organization, reflection and planning Consciousness: The Basics Includes Your awareness of external events Your awareness of sensations

My heart is racing & Im starting to sweat Your awareness of yourself as the unique being that is having these experiences Oh no! My professor just asked me a question about medieval historythat I know NOTHING about Why me?? Your awareness of your thoughts regarding these

experiences Im going to make a fool out of myself! Consciousness: The Basics Waking Consciousness State in which thoughts, feelings & sensations are clear and organized; person feels alert Theories of Waking Consciousness The Stream of Consciousness William James Sweeping or scanning 40 times per second; each sweep results in a single image or moment of consciousness

Iceberg Theory Sigmund Freud Consciousness is NOT an all-or-nothing phenomenon The conscious mind processes information sequentially; it is slow and limited The unconscious mind processes information simultaneously on multiple

tracks Consciousness: The Basics Altered States of Consciousness State in which there is a shift in the quality or pattern of mental activity as compared to waking consciousness Is it possible to divide ones conscious awareness? YES! Consciousness: The Basics SOME OCCUR SPONTANEOUSLY SOME ARE

PHYSIOLOGICALLY INDUCED SOME ARE PSYCHOLOGICALL Y INDUCED Daydreaming Hallucination s Sensory deprivation Drowsiness Dreaming Orgasm

Food or oxygen starvation Hypnosis Meditation Altered States of Consciousness Consciousness: The Basics Most common altered state?

Sleep; humans spend approximately one-third of their lives sleeping Do humans maintain awareness during sleep? YES; some stimuli are able to penetrate awareness during sleep Consciousness: The Basics Where does consciousness come from? Most psychologists believe that it arises from activity in networks of neural pathways in the brain How do scientists measure

consciousness? Electroencephalograph (EEG) Summarizes electrical activity in terms of brain waves Brain waves vary in: Amplitude (height) Frequency (cycles per second, cps) Consciousness: The Basics EEG Pattern Frequency Typical States of Consciousness

Beta 13-24 Normal waking thought, alert problem solving Alpha 8-12 Deep relaxation, blank mind, meditation Theta 4-7

Light sleep Delta Less than 4 Deep sleep Brain Wave Patterns Chicken-or-Egg Puzzle: If you become drowsy while reading your textbook (which Im sure you never do), your brain-wave activity will probably change. But are these changes causing your drowsiness, or is your drowsiness causing the changes in brain-wave activity? Consciousness: Hypnosis

8 out of 10 people can be hypnotized 4 out of 10 people will make good subjects Altered consciousness or role playing? Consciousness: Hypnosis Hypnosis State of consciousness in which the subject is especially susceptible to suggestion Four Steps in Hypnosis Focus on what is being said

Relax and feel tired Let go and accept suggestions Use vivid imagination Alternate Definition: Merely a blend of conformity, relaxation, imagination, obedience, suggestion and role-playing Consciousness: Hypnosis Posthypnotic Suggestion Suggestion made during session; carried out after hypnosis Has been shown to help to alleviate headaches, asthma, skin disorders etc. Dissociation

A split of mental processes into two separate, simultaneous streams of awareness Has been shown to provide hypnotic pain relief Consciousness: Hypnosis Hypnosis CAN Hypnosis CANNOT Create amnesia for anything that happens during the session, at least for a brief period of time

Give people superhuman strength Relieve pain by allowing a person to remove conscious attention from the pain Reliably enhance memory Alter sensory perceptions such as smell, hearing, vision and time sense Regress people back to childhood Help people relax in situations that would normally

cause them stress Regress people to some past life Consciousness: Theories of Hypnosis Theory: Divided Consciousness Ernest Hilgard (1994) Also know as The Hidden Observer Theory Hypnosis is a special state of dissociated, or divided consciousness Hypnosis works on the immediate consciousness,

while another part of the subjects mind (the hidden observer) remains aware of all that is going on Similar to behavior that occurs on autopilot Theory: Social-Cognitive Irving Kirsch (2000) Also known as Social Influence Theory People who are hypnotized are not in an altered state consciousness, but rather playing the role expected of them in the given situation Subjects might actually believe that they are hypnotized; often unaware that they are roleplaying

Highlights the power of social influences Consciousness: Meditation PA R T F I V E Consciousness: Meditation Meditation A family of practices that train attention to heighten awareness and bring mental processes under greater voluntary control

A deliberate effort to alter consciousness Rooted in what? Consciousness: Meditation Two Primary Approaches Focused Attention Attention is concentrated on a specific object, image, sound or bodily sensation

Intent is to narrow attention & clear mind of its clutter Open-Monitoring Attention is directed to ones moment-to-moment experience; nonjudgmental Intent is to become a detached observer

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