In this course we will discuss conscious and unconscious mental processes. We will start by considering the nature of the unconscious mind and will examine evidence for the existence of unconscious processes in memory; problem solving; behavior in social settings; and our attitudes, beliefs, and opinions. We will then study the nature of consciousness form psychological and philosophical perspectives, with a focus on trying to answer such questions as: what is consciousness? What does consciousness do? Why does consciousness exist? For many of the issues we will discuss, there is no general scientific agreement regarding the right answer or the most correct theory. Be prepared to think critically and to tolerate perplexity.
Temple students interested in taking this course will register for Psychology 0816.
For non-Temple students only.
In Rome, this course is cross-listed with Psychology 0816.