This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the nature of conscious and unconscious mental processes in various types of human cognition and action, including perception, memory, thinking, and behavior broadly construed. We will take an eclectic approach in our exploration, encompassing points of view found in disciplines such as psychology, neurophysiology, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and medical practice. Both normal and altered states of consciousness (e.g., sleep, dreaming, meditation, hypnosis, and hallucination) will be considered from these perspectives.
Grades will be determined by student performance on in-class quizzes, short written essay exercises, final term paper, and class discussion.
No special prior academic background is required for taking the course, other than the abilities to think clearly and deeply as well as to competently read, write, and speak English prose.