Consciousness Key Terms

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  1. Selective attention
    Selective attention means focusing one's attention on a particular stimulus.
  2. Direct inner awareness
    Knowledge of one's own thoughts, feelings, and memories.
  3. Preconsciousness
    In psychodynamic theory, preconsciousness describes material that is not in awareness but can be brought into awareness by focusing one's attention.
  4. Unconscious
    In psychodynamic theory, it describes ideas and feelings that are not available to awareness.

    It also means to be without consciousness.
  5. Repression
    In psychodynamic theory, the unconscious ejection of anxiety-evoking ideas, impulses, or images out of awareness.
  6. Suppression
    The deliberate, or conscious placing of certain ideas, impulses, or images out of awareness.
  7. Nonconscious
    Describes those bodily processes, such as the growing of hair, of which we cannot become conscious. We may recognize that our hair is growing but we cannot directly experience that biological process.
  8. Circadian rhythm
    A circadian rhythm is a cycle that is connected with the 24-hour period of the earth's rotation
  9. Alpha Waves
    Rapid, low-amplitude brain waves that have been linked to feelings of relaxation
  10. Non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep
    Stages of sleep 1 thru 4
  11. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep
    A stage of sleep characterized by rapid eye movements, which have been linked to dreaming.
  12. Theta Waves
    Slow brain waves produced during during the hynogogic state
  13. Delta waves
    Strong, slow brain waves usually emitted during Stage 4 sleep.
  14. Activation- synthesis model
    The view that dreams reflect activation (to turn on) of cognitive activity by the reticular activating system (part of the brain responsible for regulating arousal and sleep-wake transitions) and the synthesis (a combination of two or more things that together form something new) of this activity into a pattern by the cerebral cortex.
  15. Narcolepsy
    A "sleep attack" in which the person falls asleep suddenly and irresistibly.
  16. Apnea
    Temporary absence or cessation (stopping) of breathing.
  17. Sleep terrors
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