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What is consciousness?

our immediate awareness of our internal and external states. Your awareness of your surroundings and yourself

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What did William James (1890) describe consciousness as?

A stream of consciousness - a continuing flow of changing thoughts

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Consciousness involves: (4)

Attention, monitoring, remembering, planning

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Consciousness is controlled by....

different networks of neurons

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Explain monitering

we constantly monitor our environment and ourselves to decide what we want to attend to

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what is inattentional blindness?

failure to notice things around us to which we are not paying attention

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what is the cerebral cortex?

the outer covering of the brain

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some areas of the cerebral cortex are responsible for ...., others for knowing when we are attending (visual areas)

attending

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what is blindsight

being unaware of what has reached our attention - being unable to see, but being aware of a stimulus

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Split brain studies show...

being able to see but being unaware of the stimulus

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What is the thalamus for?

relays sensory information from various parts of he brain to the cortex

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What do intralaminar nuclei and midline nuclei no?

project axons of neurons through cortical areas involved in attention

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damage to both sides of the thalamus causes a

coma

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damage to one side of the thalamus creates

loss of awareness of one half of their bodies

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Infants have consciousness in terms of

self awareness - baby looking in a mirror notice if something is different on themselves

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babies develop sense of self by age of

18 months

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What are the two levels of awareness?

proconscious and unconscious

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What is preconscious

information from your pas that is stored in your long term memory and can be easily accessed (familiar and routine behaviours, automatic behaviours)

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What is unconscious

information from your past that is stored in you long term memory but cannot be easily accessed