Friday, January 25, 2019

Unit 9 Ch 9 - Consciousness!


Notes                                      due Monday 2/4
Dream Journal:                    due Thursday 1/31(check) and Friday  2/8 (turn in)
Flash Cards:                         due Wednesday 2/6
Unit QUIZ                             Friday 2/8

You need to start keeping a dream journal TONIGHT. Each time you wake up in the morning, or even after a nap, write down everything you can remember from your dreams. Write down as many details as possible and try to write the “story” of the dream if there seems to be one. THEN write how the dream made you feel and any associations you have to the content of the dream.

If you don’t remember your dream that day, make an entry explaining any thoughts or feelings you had when you first awoke. You will need to show me your dream journal to get credit, so you may leave out or “mask” any parts you find too personal. We will share and interpret a few dreams in class on a voluntary basis, so bring your journal every day.

Bernstein Text Chapter 9 Pp. 320 - 358

Read and take Cornell Notes – Try to create MEANING by making connections to things you already know and putting information into your own words as much as possible.
Do MEANINGFUL FLASH CARDS – In your own words – Diagrams – Mnemonics!

Key Concepts:
Functions of consciousness, Levels of consciousness, Supraliminal vs. Subliminal, Neuropsychology of consciousness, States of consciousness, SLEEP – Stages of sleep, How sleep changes over the lifespan, Sleep disorders, Function of sleep/dreams, Theories of dreams – function and structure, Hypnosis, Meditation, DRUGS – Psychopharmacology, Effects of different drugs, Depressants, Stimulants, Opiates, Hallucinogens, - Thinking Critical = Is marijuana dangerous?

Can you turn each key concept into one or more questions and then answer them?
Study with the Bernstein Study Guide…
Meditation - an altered state of 
How can meditation help you live a fuller and more balanced life? Andy Puddicombe discusses how it helps him live in the "present moment"... and he juggles a little too.

Starting to meditate? 
Here are links to a couple of online meditation timers. They can help you concentrate on your meditation because you don't have to worry about how much time has passed.

There are many interesting and useful meditation timer apps too.

And some videos from Hank...

Prosopagnosia: What if you could see normally but could not recognize faces... even your own? 
Writer Oliver Sacks of "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" fame has this condition and discusses his latest book about prosopagnosia in this interview from a public radio program called "To the Best of Our Knowledge." You can hear the interview and read the transcript at the following link: 

Videos on Consciousness

Discovering Psychology program 13 "The Mind Awake and Asleep" is at 

Discovering Psychology program 14 "The Mind Hidden and Divided" is at

Article: The Meaning of Dreams by Jonathan Winson
Read it HERE - Are dreams symbolic, just random or are they a crucial step in processing memories? 


What is hypnosis? A state of heightened suggestibility with real effects in the brain.  

Here is a blog post about what hypnosis ISN'T ... 8 Popular Myths About Hypnosis 

Mouse Party?

What would you see inside the brains of mice who were taking drugs? This interactive website gives you a glimpse inside the brains and synapses of mice on drugs including alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, meth, ecstasy, and LSD.

Identify how each drug affects the brain. What neurotransmitter(s) does it affect? Is it inhibitory or excitatory? Does it block re-uptake or work some other way? Which parts of the brain are most affected?

You can explore other effects of drugs of abuse here

Dream Journal  - You should be making entries into your dream journal every day. If you don't remember a dream from the night, you should write about what emotions or thoughts you had upon awakening. If you don't have anything to enter for a day, you should write about a dream you had some time in the past - even the distant past. 

The point of the dream journal assignment is to get you to pay attention to your dreams and to start to think about various theories of dream interpretation to see if you think they apply.

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