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Ch 59: States of Human Consciousness

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Use this chapter's video lessons to strengthen your understanding of the states of human consciousness. Explore the processes of sleeping and dreaming and examine how certain activities can cause altered states of mind.

States of Human Consciousness - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our instructors guide you through the states of human consciousness. You'll refresh your knowledge of conscious and unconscious behaviors; you may also learn something new about altered states of consciousness.

The entertaining video lessons cover the importance of sleeping and dreaming as well as the effects of hypnosis, meditation and drugs on the mind. After completing the chapter's lessons, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between conscious deliberate and unconscious automatic behaviors
  • List and describe the stages of the sleep cycle
  • Understand theories that explain the purpose of dreaming
  • Recognize the purposes and differences between meditation and hypnosis
  • Identify the types of psychoactive drugs and their effects
  • Explain the causes of sleep disorders
  • Define prescription drug abuse

Usually under 10 minutes in length, our video lessons keep you engaged with graphics and real-world examples. Use the timeline's jump feature to rewatch certain parts of the lessons for further review. You can also study the material by reading over the lesson transcripts. Once you feel ready, take the self-assessment lesson quizzes to find out how well you've grasped the covered concepts.

7 Lessons in Chapter 59: States of Human Consciousness
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States of Consciousness, Self-Awareness & the Unconscious Mind

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.

What is the Sleep Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Disorders

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.

Why Do We Sleep and Dream?

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.

Altered States of Consciousness: Meditation & Hypnosis

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.

What are Psychoactive Drugs? - Definition, Types & Uses

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.

Sleep Disorders: Types & Causes

6. 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.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Definition & Examples

7. Prescription Drug Abuse: Definition & Examples

Drugs are prescribed by doctors everyday for a variety of valid reasons; however drug abuse is common and very dangerous. Learn about drug abuse in this lesson and then take a quiz to see what you've learned!

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