States and levels of awareness

by Dr Anna Machin and reviewed by Professor Jason Ellis


States and levels of awarenessLearning outcomes:


By the end of the module, we hope you will be able to describe:


  • the different levels of consciousness and evidence for unconscious processing


  • the structure of sleep and the role of dreaming


  • the different disorders of sleep to include insomnias, disorders of excessive sleepiness and parasomnias


  • the sleep-wake cycle and the effects of sleep deprivation


  • the different theories on hypnosis and the importance of suggestibility


  • meditation and trance states.


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Reading listKey reading: selected texts to read with this module


The exam syllabus

Exam syllabus 

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