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Psychology chapter 3
of our own thoughts, feelings, perceptions and our surroundings
at any given moment.
What is normal waking consciousness?
The state of consciousness in which we are
of our thoughts, feelings, sensations and our environment.
Thoughts are clear and rational
Name the characteristics of NWC
evel of awareness
ontrolled & automatic processes
erceptual and cognitive distortions
you are of internal and/or external events
What is meant by content limitation? In NWC and ASC
During NWC, we limit ourselves to the content that matters most to us.
Thoughts are more
restricted, logical and organised
: more prone to bizarre, unrealistic or creative thoughts. There are
What is attention?
-The information you are
1. A concentration of
mental activity that involves focusing on specific stimuli
What is selective attention?
placed on how much we can
at any given stimulus at any given moment
Focusing on 1 stimulus to the exclusion of all others
What is divided attention?
The ability to distribute one's focus and undertake two or more activities simultaneously
Provide an example of divided attention
Writing notes in class while listening to the teacher
What are automatic processes? Provide an example
require very little mental effort and focus
to be performed. Multiple automatic processes are able to be done simultaneously with ease.
Allows divided attention
eg. sending an sms
What are controlled processes? Provide an example
Actions that require full attention and mental effort to execute.
Requires selective attention
eg. Driving for the first time
What is an altered state of consciousness?
Any state on consciousness that is
in level of awareness & the characteristics. LCCPEST
What is daydreaming?
ASC in which attention is
from external stimuli to internal stimuli
What is an alcohol induced state?
: A chemical substance that affects the
alters brain functions
affecting conscious awareness, perception, mood, cognition & behaviour
or inhibits functioning of the CNS= reduction in brain activity
Describe perceptual and cognitive distortions during NWC and ASC
: clear and rational sense of sensory input. Thoughts are also rational, clear and organised
perceptions and cognitive functioning. Thoughts may become disorganised/illogical
Describe Emotional awareness during NWC and ASC
: able to
emotions and generally exhibit predictable emotional reactions to events
: more (meditative) or less aware (alcohol)