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Lecture 5

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Dan Dolderman

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LECTURE 5February 1 2010 ConsciousnessConsciousnessWilliam James 1890consciousness is a constantly moving stream of thoughts feelings and emotionscan be viewed as our subjective awareness of mental events Functions of consciousnessmonitoring mental events control consciousness allows us to formulate and reach goals Consciousness may have evolved to direct or control behaviour in adaptive waysCortex and ConsciousnessThe dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is activated during conscious control tasksex the colournaming task theres difficulty naming the word when the colour of the word is differentAttentionOur conscious awareness is limited in capacity were aware of only a small amount of stimuli around us at any one time Attention refers to the process by which we focus our awareness Three fun
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