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Normal Waking Consciousness Essay

  • Submitted by: clairemac
  • on February 21, 2013
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 265 words

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Psychology.
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...
Attention
Selective Attention:
  * 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)
Divided 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 limitations
  * 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

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