Normal waking consciousness
Refers to the states of consciousness associated with being awake and aware of our thoughts, memories, feelings and sensations.
The content is constantly changing; however our thoughts are clear and organised. For example: exams, driving, reading, solving problems etc...
* Selective or focused attention is at the very top of the consciousness continuum.
* The act of focusing on one event (to the exclusion of others).
* We typically direct our attention to what is important to us.
* Research studies in selective attention has shown that people often notice very little of the information not attended to.
* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6ggoM89ekM (research into selective attention)
* As we move down the consciousness continuum, the level of attention is not as focused or selective.
* In NWC people can often divide their attention among a number of tasks.
* Divided attention is where a person focuses on two or more events simultaneously (mothers do this very well)
* Our ability to divide our attention depends on how much conscious effort is required for various tasks.
* We can handle divided tasks as long as heir not complex.
* An appropriate example could be washing dishes and singing along to the radio.
* They can be done together because one or more of the tasks has become an automatic process (it does not need a lot of mental effort and is well practiced)
* Content (type of information held) in NWC is more restricted than content in ASC
* As we exercise control over what is acceptable modes of thought and behaviour in our environment