About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our High School Psychology Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn why humans sleep and dream. There is no faster or easier way to learn about states of consciousness. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about narcolepsy, nightmares, sleepwalking and other sleep disorders.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a psychology curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and the States of Consciousness unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Social Psychology Unit Objectives:
- Explore hypnosis and meditation.
- Discover the types and causes of sleep disorders.
- Explain the causes of sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Discuss night terrors and nightmares.
- Learn about psychoactive drugs in relation to sleep.
1. States of Consciousness, Self-Awareness & the Unconscious Mind
Consciousness is your awareness of how and why you react to your surroundings. As you watch this video, you may realize that you pass through multiple states of consciousness during any given day.
2. What is the Sleep Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Disorders
What happens when you sleep? Why are dreams typically more intense as morning approaches? This lesson will guide you through the stages of the sleep cycle that make up a full night's rest.
3. Why Do We Sleep and Dream?
The exact functions of sleeping and dreaming are unknown, but psychologists have attempted to interpret what happens and why when we sleep. In this lesson, you'll explore the importance of sleep and some of the more famous theories regarding why we dream.
4. Sleep Disorders: Types & Causes
Sleep is essential for mental and physical health. But what happens when there's a problem with your sleep? In this lesson, we'll examine some common sleep disorders, including insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, and parasomnia.
5. Altered States of Consciousness: Meditation & Hypnosis
How can you reach an altered state of consciousness without drugs? Meditation and hypnosis are two techniques that can promote a relaxed state of mind. Watch this video to learn the difference between the two and their possible effects.
6. What are Psychoactive Drugs? - Definition, Types & Uses
How do psychoactive drugs alter cognitive states? In this lesson, you'll learn how these chemical compounds affect neurotransmitter functions as well as explore some factors that can affect the outcomes of drug use.
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Other chapters within the High School Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum course
- History of Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Research Methods in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Data Collection: Homeschool Curriculum
- Sampling and Measurement: Homeschool Curriculum
- Statistics in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Biological Bases of Behavior: Homeschool Curriculum
- Sensing & Perceiving: Homeschool Curriculum
- Motivation in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Emotion in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Stress in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Developmental Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Learning & Development Theories: Homeschool Curriculum
- Biological Development: Homeschool Curriculum
- Sensory & Perceptual Development: Homeschool Curriculum
- Cognitive Development: Homeschool Curriculum
- Physical Development: Homeschool Curriculum
- Social Development: Homeschool Curriculum
- Personality Theory: Homeschool Curriculum
- Learning in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Memory & Cognition in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Intelligence in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum
- Social Psychology Theory: Homeschool Curriculum
- Abnormal Psychology Basics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Psychological Disorders: Homeschool Curriculum
- Psychological Treatment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ethics in Psychology: Homeschool Curriculum