Consciousness: the awareness of internal and external stimuli. Consciousness is continuously changing, william james (stream of consciousness) Mind wandering: refers to people"s experience of task- unrelated thoughts. What we control about our mental processes and what just seems to happen is often referred to as the difference between controlled and automatic processes. Controlled processes: judgments or thoughts that we exert some control over. Automatic processes: effects happen without our intentional control or effort. Malcolm gladwell: term blink refers to how quickly (eg. in the blink of an eye) One of the best physiological indicators of variations of consciousness is the eeg. Different patterns of eeg activity are associated with different states of consciousness. Human brain-wave tracings vary in amplitude (height) and frequency (cycles per second, cps) Examining the effects of the differences in cognitive ability on people"s experience of their own everyday mental life, stream of consciousness.