Psychology 2011A/B Lecture Notes - Sensory Deprivation, Fluoxetine, Psychopathology

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Chapter 10: Conclusion
Recapitulation of Thematic Threads
o Chapter 1= 10 thematic threads regarding fundamental questions about
nature of reality
Physio, Cognitive, and Experiential Perspectives
o 1st thread= 3 perspectives of consciousness
o Physiological perspective= discussions of sleep and psychedelic states
o Cognitive perspective= dreaming and OBE’s
o Experiential perspective= transcendence and near death experiences
o need to be established more fully
o psychoneuroimmunology when trying to understand how psychological
events can affect physiological ones
Material vs. Transcendent Beliefs
o ways in which phenomena are conceptualized, kinds of research programs
carried out, interpretation of results of research depend on belief of
investigators
o important in beliefs of consciousness and reality
o scientists should look at the data rather than their predilections
Delusional vs. Veridical Experiences
o transcendental interpretations of reality
o raises questions like: do we relly know whats in our minds? Are there really
presences that can be sensed? Do some dreams foretell the future? Are
people actually being abducted by aliens? Are there previous lives?
o Our beliefs about consciousness and reality will determine the answers to
the above
o Need to learn more about introspection, follow empirical evidence
o Is the ordinary world actually real of is it imaginary?
Mundane vs. Extraoridnary Phenomena
o Regarding questions of a veridical nature of experiences is wether
phenomena occurring in altered states is mundane or extraordinary
o Is hypnosis ordinary cognition triggered by social situation or is it a special
state?
o Scientism world is a boring place and anything interesting that happens
can be explained in mundane terms
o May be true but should be used as judgmental heuristic for judging
individual events
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