Questions tagged [consciousness]

For questions that have to do with a sense of being awake and aware in the literal sense, but also those having to do with the nature of the mind and the formation of the individual.

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Do We Memorize/Remember What We Listen While Doing Something Else?

Sometimes we do a task while listening to a song, conversation or something else. The moment we engage in the task, our concentration moves to the task, though our ear is open or on, and technically ...
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How do people with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) experience dreams?

For people without DID, dream experiences include having other characters in one's dreams behave in ways one can't predict or control, sometimes there can be a "switch" into lucid dreaming where more ...
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How a living being (a huge collection of atoms) perceive things? [duplicate]

How a series of physical and chemical events leads to a very non physical/ intangible perception? For example, let's say a certain wavelength of light falls on the retina of my eyes, then the sensory ...
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Could bioinfomatics explain consciousness?

There's a theory that consciousness is the result of information processing. Many speculate based on this that the brain is conscious because it is processing information. If this theory of ...
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What characterizes Grossberg's resonances?

Following Bryan Krause's advice I tried to be more specific and picked as one specific neural theory of consciousness Stephen Grossberg's Adaptive Resonance Theory in which a specific group of ...
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Which characteristics of neural activity patterns underlie conscious experience?

Which specific characteristics of neural activity patterns are unique for the cortex and neocortex as the presumed "seat of consciousness" and can only be observed there? Activity patterns having ...
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How well is biofeedback understood?

From an answer to the question Research suggesting conscious control over brain region activation? I have learned: »[S]ubjects become better at up-regulating or down-regulating activation in ...
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What can coma patients report about their experiences - if anything?

Coma is correlated to a significant inactivity of the cerebral cortex and the reticular activating system, while other parts of the brain - e.g. the limbic system - might still show considerable ...
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Neural correlates of pleasantness and unpleasantness

There are some basic cases of stimuli that are typically experienced either as pleasant or unpleasant, e.g. the major third as opposed to the tritone. Assuming that there are different processes ...
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Does monism imply that computers can have consciousness?

According to The Basic Theory of the Mind, the mind is not a different entity from the brain, but an emergent property of the brain. Based on this assertion, can it be concluded that computers and ...
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Is there a name for arguing with other people in one's mind?

Is there a name for the phenomenon of arguing with other people in one's mind? I don't mean simply replaying memories of arguments (or modifications thereof), although that may fall under this too but ...
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What is the state of the art research of the conscienceness level for high-level cognitive activity?

Everybody knows situations where activities requiring concentration and high level consciousness can over time become a "background" task. For example: you read a text aloud but think about other ...
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Different levels of consciousness

The answer provided by @user287279 to When does a human baby develop a consciousness? is a great answer in my mind which scrapes the surface of what consciousness consists of. When you look at ...
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When does a human baby develop a consciousness?

Not to offend anyone or anything, but I've been searching up about abortion lately, and all the debate about it, and it got me wondering, when does a baby develop a consciousness? Consciousness - the ...
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Does our consciousness die when we go to sleep or fall into a coma?

I have sometimes wondered if our consciousness dies when we go to sleep at night or perhaps when we enter a deep coma, like from brain damage, for example. When we wake, or are woken, a new ...
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How can I learn Integrated information Theory

I'm looking for a syllabus for Integrated Information Theory that could help a non-scientists learn all the fundamental concepts required to fully understand IIT It looks like it involves statistics, ...
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System 1 and unconsious

Kahneman (2011) apparently suggests there is system 1 and system 2 in decision making. If I am not wrong he says system 1 is more prone to errors because it is automatic. Is this correct assumption ...
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is it unconcious?

Roughly speaking, I as well as some other people probably have observer following. (1) Sometimes ideas start to come to me out of nowhere, (2) then we sometimes analyze it further and either reject or ...
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Relaxing your concepts in meditation

I am using the app Waking up from Sam Harris. A lot of his guided meditations tell you to perceive the world as the raw data of experience, instead of perceiving objects and concepts. To illustrate ...
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At what point does a human become self-aware?

What are the conditions for being self-aware? If this answer can not be answered by naming specific traits, behavior unique to a self-aware being, complexity of development or other tangible concepts, ...
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Is there a name for the experience/ phenomenon of dreaming while being partially awake?

Is there a name for the experience/ phenomenon of dreaming while being partially awake, being able to decide to wake up when dreaming, having control of the self character in a dream, etc?
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Is there consciouness when a person is sleeping and not dreaming?

According to Consciouness Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness or of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. I suppose dreaming qualifies as "being aware ...
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What is the psychology behind blind spots? Why do we fail to see, what others see so clearly about us?

It’s absolutely imperative to identify our blind spots. I believe that they are impediment for one to reach his full potential. But how does one, see his blind spot - #oxymoron? What is the ...
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Why are civic duties part of Competence (C1) in the NEO-PI-R

In the Revised NEO Personality Inventory, one of the questions used to score C1 ("Competence"), is 35. I don't take civic duties like voting very seriously. Why ...
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Is passive-aggressive behavior conscious or unconscious?

It is my experience that people who show passive aggressive behavior do not realize it or at least do not admit it. Which leads me to the question whether passive-aggressive behavior can be ...
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Integrated Information Theory - If correct could humans create artificial consciousness?

First off please keep in mind I am self-learning and am learning about this for fun, I have no end goal. I'm trying to make predictions about what I am learning implies or means, so I can ask better ...
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Can you self-induce a derealization episode?

From The experimental induction of depersonalization (DP) and derealization (DR) in panic disorder and nonanxious subjects (Miller, et al., 1994) DP and DR induction procedures were the following: ...
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Exact Medical situation name for Guided Meditation/Visualization to “Re-live a moment”

There are lots of videos & audios for Guided Visualization for particular things like forest, beach, sky etc.. But what should I exactly search to get result for "ReLive past Moment". Is there ...
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If reality is just hallucination, how come different people see same objects

I wanted to ask this question for a long time but couldnt find any thing to support my argument. Today i found this https://www.ted.com/talk/...
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Study purportedly proving psychedelics induce a “heightened state of consciousness”

The Guardian headlines on 28 Nov 2017: "Psychedelic drugs induce 'heightened state of consciousness', brain scans show". Healthy volunteers who received LSD, ketamine or psilocybin, a compound ...
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Is hypnosis really concentration/focus?

It's widely claimed that hypnosis is a state of highly focused attention. But I've also seen many claims that the hypnotic state is about accessing the subconscious mind directly, essentially "...
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Is the phenomenom of “subjective consciousness” or “qualia” formally captured by any state-of-the-art Theoretical Model in Neuroscience?

Is the phenomenon of "subjective consciousness" or "qualia" formally captured or defined by any state-of-the-art Theoretical Model in Neuroscience? If so, can you share a brief summary of such ...
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Can a person do things against their own will and be conscious of it at the same time? [duplicate]

I am a firm believer of the principle of free-will, but wanted to see if there was any examples(or case examples) of people knowingly doing things against their own will. I know that we can be ...
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PTSD recovery / prefrontal cortex blood flow [closed]

I am studying a case of PTSD where the patient has lost "crispness of consciousness" and is in a zombie-like state often found among soldiers where only programmed behavior is possible. The patient ...
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Consciousness as sufficient complexity [duplicate]

First of all, let me state that I am a newcomer to cognitive science in general and this community in particular, so feel free to chew me out if this question is inappropriate in some way. I have ...
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Is there time in dreams?

Thanks to his studies on schizophrenic thoughts, Matte Blanco (The Unconscious as Infinite Sets. An essay in Bi-Logic, 1975) introduced an important modification of Freud's notion of the unconscious. ...
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Is there any animal, which knows it will die?

In light of the Cambridge Declaration of Consciousness, are there any animals, which are aware that they will die?
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What might explain a rush of euphoria before enduring physical pain?

What neurological or physiological response would work fast enough to anesthetize or provide a euphoric sensation during or in advance of a body trauma event such as being involved in a car or bike ...
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Is the feeling of consciousness simply a perceived effect of a functional working memory and focus? [closed]

I do not have much knowledge, if any, on cognitive sciences so bare with me if this question is trivial or absurd. I wonder this question because, personally, I feel less or more conscious during ...
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Books on Neurological functions?

Are there any books anyone can recommend that do not have any or much in the way of prerequisites but go through the anatomy of the central nervous system while laying out in detail the functions of ...
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How sound is the psychology of Westworld?

Disclaimer: I am very much a layman in these areas of research, so please do amend the question in order to conform to conventional usage of terminology and definitions thereof. In the series ...
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Is there a fundamental difference in the way we think while writing when compared to speaking?

I had a discussion with my friend recently about slip-ups in speech - the ones where you intented a gramatically correct sentence but somewhere between the conscious mind and your mouth a (usually ...
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Is satisficing conceptualised as being unconscious/automatic, or conscious/volitional?

I haven't found anything that speaks directly to this question, but here is the account Simon (1990) p9 provides of satisficing If the task domain has little structure or the structure is unknown ...
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Can a sufficiently complex ANN simulate consciousness? [closed]

Current Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) are capable of doing variational inference and learning representations and factors to explain the inputs, the outside world. When the network gets bigger ...
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Can a test subject make the predictions (concerning the movement of fingers), made by a researcher, invalid or invisible? [closed]

I read about an experiment in which the researcher could predict which finger a test person would raise at a given signal. Already before the test person was conscious about which finger to raise, the ...
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Why is IIT “unmotivated”?

I'm trying to understand Searle's reply to Tononi and Koch's objections to Searle's characterization of their Intergrated Information Theory (IIT) of consciousness. Although I do understand why IIT ...
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Do we have a sub- or super-unconscious? [closed]

Being conscious (awake) and unconscious (asleep) are two mutually exclusive states. The boundary between them ("falling asleep") is very pleasant. Why? Conscious => Unconscious Some people say ...
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Do many people have an “Accompanying Voice” - an equal they converse with?

A hypnosis professional told me this is true, so I am asking: is it a fact of psychology that many people have a voice that they talk with "in their head" which talks back to them and helps solve ...
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Consciousness and neural grafting [closed]

You have two friends: Alice and Bob. Suppose you have a way to remove a healthy neuron from Alice's brain and conserve it in some safe place. And, viceversa, suppose you have a way to graft this ...
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Do dreams improve upon memory and understanding by making the sensory experience MORE LIKE thought? [closed]

It is certainly a great fact/truth that the ability of thought to describe or reconfigure sensory experience is ultimately dependent upon the extent to which thought is similar to sensory experience. ...