About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the States of Consciousness chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Introduction to states of awareness||Self-awareness, deliberate and automatic behaviors, unconscious mind|
|Tuesday||Sleep cycle||Biological rhythm, circadian rhythm, EEG, beta waves, sleep spindles, delta waves|
|Wednesday||Sleep and dreaming||REM sleep, dream interpretation, psychoanalytic dream theory, manifest content, latent content|
|Thursday||Hypnosis and meditation||Meditation, suggestion, hypnosis, brainwaves|
|Friday||Psychoactive drugs||Stimulants, depressants, neurotransmitters, narcotics, hallucinogens, withdrawal, addiction|
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. 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.
5. 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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