One of the most perplexing and fascinating questions that psychologists face is understanding the nature of consciousness.
Many students think of consciousness as being alert, aware, and able to process information on a "deep" level. In other words, to be aware that you are thinking. Others define it as the level of attention and focus (mindfulness) we exert in our waking lives.
Sometimes, in order to critically analyze a mysterious and complex phenomenon, it helps to define its opposite.
We might gain traction if we think about what it means to be unconscious or have our conscious minds altered in some way by hypnosis, meditation or drugs.
Many believe that being asleep is equivalent to being unconscious. For the discussion section project we will gather data from each other and write about sleep habits. But consider these distinctions between being awake and asleep.
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