PSYC 1010 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5: Sleep Spindle, Delta Wave, Mind-Wandering

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consciousness: the awareness of internal & external stimuli. we have some degree of awareness when we"re asleep. It is continuously changing stream of consciousness. mind wandering: people"s experience of task-unrelated thoughts, thoughts that aren"t related to what they"re intentionally trying to do at a given moment. People spend 15%-50% of their ti me mind wandering. controlled processes: judgments or thoughts that we exert some control over, that we intend to occur. Automatic processes: happen without our intentional control or effort. consciousness doesn"t arise from any distinct structure in the brain, but from activity in distributed networks of neural pathways. Electroencephalograph (eeg): a device that monitors the electrical activity of the brain over ti me by means of recording electrodes attached to the surface of the scalp. The eeg sum marizes the rhythm of cortical activity in the brain in terms of line tracings called brain waves.

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