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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.
6. Dream Analysis: Definition & Examples
Dreams are the often perplexing visions of our subconscious, and many people believe they contain hidden meaning. In this lesson, we'll define dream analysis and look at the major contributors in the field.
7. What is Consciousness? - Definition & Explanation
This lesson introduces you to psychological perspectives on consciousness. We will begin with an explanation of the difficulties involved in explaining consciousness, much less defining it. We will then consider an overview of psychological perspectives on consciousness states.
8. Collective Unconscious: Definition & Examples
Did you know that the concept of the collective unconscious was first proposed by Carl Jung? In this lesson, we will learn about the collective unconscious through examples.
9. What is REM Rebound? - Definition & Effect
Sleep deprivation is a pervasive problem in our society. Since sleep is often considered an unfortunate necessity, people often don't get enough of it. REM sleep in particular is important for a person's health and well-being. The body has developed a way to deal with periods of REM deprivation, called REM rebound.
10. Reticular Activating System: Definition & Function
The reticular activating system is an impressive-sounding name for a fairly small piece of the brain. This lesson describes the structure and function of this piece of the brain, which is important in attention, goal-achievement, and keeping you alive.
11. The Importance of Sleep
In this lesson you will learn the definition of sleep, how much sleep you should get, the risks associated with sleep deprivation, and the benefits of getting adequate sleep. A brief quiz follows the lesson.
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