Various States of Consciousness G1N
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The normal waking state of consciousness is accompanied by various other, altered states of consciousness. The course begins with an introduction to the concepts of altered states of consciousness, and continues with more detailed lectures about the following states of consciousness: Naturally occurring altered states of awareness, such as sleep and dreaming; induced altered states, such as hypnosis, meditation, drug states; and pathological altered states, such as can be experienced during partial epileptic seizures. The main characteristics of these states will be covered, as well as their links to neurophysiological changes in the brain. The students will also review one altered state, according to their own interest, more thoroughly in an essay, and will get a first-person-perspective into their own subjective altered state by writing dream diaries.