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What is the role of sexual fantasies in daydream activity? What are the latest findings in the controversial area of parapsychology? How do drugs like marijuana, cocaine, and alcohol alter a person's consciousness? This book presents the most thorough and most current overview of the phenomena surrounding the realm of the psychology of consciousness available today. Though comprehensive in nature, the book is accessible, enjoyable, and requires little prerequisite knowledge of psychology. Its neutral approach explores both sides of such controversial issues as the influence of consciousness-altering drugs, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, the physiology and psychology of sleep and dreams, sensory deprivation, and parapsychology. Psychologists, counselors, and educators.
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New edition of a textbook for a course on consciousness or a related topic. Covers the physiology of consciousness, consciousness-altering drugs, meditation, biofeedback, sleep and dreams, sensory deprivation, and parapsychology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Bruce Bridgeman
If a reader is looking for clear, simple but unevaluative reviews of some of the literature on the edges of psychology, this book might be worth a look.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577662969
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
What Is Consciousness?
Contemporary Theories of Consciousness.
A Taxonomy of States of Consciousness.

2. The Physiology of Consciousness.
Microscopic Neuroanatomy.
Gross Neuroanatomy.
The Central Nervous System.
Toward a Biological Basis of Consciousness.
Historical Background.
Split Brain, Split Consciousness.
Visual Field.
Altered States of Consciousness and the Split Brain.

3. Conciousness-Altering Drugs.
Pharmacology of Neurotransmission.
Basic Psychopharmacological Concepts.
Sedative-Hypnotic Compounds.
Behavioral Stimulants and Convulsants.
Narcotic Analgesics (Opiates).
Psychedelics and Hallucinogens.

4. Hypnosis.
Hypnosis and Consciousness.
Historical Development.
Assessing Hypnotic Susceptibility.
Correlates of Hypnotizability.
Hypnosis and Pain Control.
Hypnosis and Memory.
Hypnosis and Perception.
Contemporary Theories of Hypnosis.

5. Biofeedback.
Biofeedback and Consciousness.
Historical Development.
The Biofeedback Training Process.
Biofeedback Applications.
Biofeedback and the Production of Altered States.
Research and Biofeedback.

6. Meditation.
Meditation and Consciousness.
Historical Development.
Meditative Styles.
Contemporary Theories of Meditation.
Correlates of Meditation.

7. Sleep and Dreams.
Sleep, Dreams, and Consciousness.
Historical Development.
Sleep, Dreams, and the EEG.
Sleep Deprivation.
Sleep Learning.
Sleep Disorders.
Theories of Sleep.
On Dreams and Dreaming.
Theories of Dream Activity.
Daydreaming: Another Level of Consciousness.
Sexual Fantasies.

8. Sensory Deprivation.
Sensory Deprivation and Consciousness.
Historical Background.
The McGill Studies.
Sensory Deprivation Research After McGill.
Experimental Procedures.
Restricted Environmental Stimulation Theory.
Sensory Deprivation and Altered States of Consciousness.
Clinical Potential of Sensory Deprivation.

9. Parapsychology.
Parapsychology and Consciousness.
Historical Development.
Extrasensory Perception.
Factors Influencing Experimental Findings.
The Out-of-Body Experience.
The Near Death Experience.
Psychic Healing.
General Theories of Parapsychology.

10. Conclusions.
Future Applications of Consciousness.


Author Index.

Subject Index.

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