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Consciousness

Refers to our level of awareness of our own existence, thoughts, feelings, and our environment.

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Level 1: Conscious

Information that is currently the subject of attention.

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Level 2: preconscious

Information that is not being attended to but could be attended to later.

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Level 3: subconscious

Information that we are not aware of but exists and affects us.

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Level 4: nonconscious

Body processed controlled by our mind that we do not attend to.

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Level 5: unconscious

Cognitive activity outside our awareness.

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Drugs

Drugs can alter consciousness by increasing or blocking the effects of neurotransmitters.

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Agonist

A drug that mimics effects of neurotransmitters.

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Antagonist

A drug that blocks neurotransmitters.

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Stimulants

Caffeine, nicotine, amphetamines. Speed up the nervous system.

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Depressants

Alcohol, and barbiturates. These slow down the nervous system.

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Opioids

Narcotics. Relieve pain and produce euphoria.

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Hallucinogens

LSD, and marijuana. Change perceptions of reality.

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Hypnosis

Procedure that opens people to the power of suggestion. Once a subject is in an altered state during hypnosis, he or she may act, perceive, think, or feel according to the hypnotist a suggestions.