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Overview HighlightsOne of the most allusive concepts in psychology is consciousness We are able to describe the subjective experience of consciousness yet we are unable to explain how it arises from the complex physical make-up of our brains How can something as abstract as consciousness come about from something as concrete as chemical compounds These are questions best left for philosophers but psychologists can still test the capabilities and limits of conscious awareness The authors begin to tackle this extraordinary notion by giving an operant definition of consciousness in the realm of psychology Then they will turn their focus onto how certain states can impact our conscious awareness including sleeping dreaming and psychoactive drugsDefining ConsciousnessIn psychologyconsciousnessis defined as our awareness of our environment and ourselves Currently there are many differing theories as to how consciousness arises but one cognitive neuroscience theory stands apart from the rest This particular view describes consciousness as being a culmination of synchronized brain activity throughout the brainCognitive psychology has afforded interestingdual-processing theoriesof consciousness through rigorous studies and evidence Hence everything we relate to thought happens at two distinct levels a conscious deliberate level and an unconscious involuntary levelSome of the most exciting evidence for the dual-processing model comes fromblindsightpatients Theses patients affirm that they are completely blind and yet when asked to reach out and grab something within their vicinity they are able to do so with complete accuracyConsciousness is also studied in regards to our levels of attention For instanceselective attentionrefers to what we selectively choose to pay attention to in our environment It is almost analogous to using a flashlight beam to focus light onto a particular area Human beings have an astounding ability to focus on the minutest aspects of our surroundings while simultaneously blocking out any unwanted distractionsOur attention is prone to error though In cases ofinattentional blindness participants are asked to focus on a particular stimulus while some peripheral stimulus is presented Most participants
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