Quantifying Consciousness: An Empirical Approach
This book presents an approach to quantifying consciousness and its various states. It represents over ten years of work in developing, test ing, and researching the use of relatively simple self-report question naires in the retrospective assessment of subjective or phenomenologi cal experience. While the simplicity of the method allows for subjective experience to be reliably and validly assessed across various short stim ulus conditions, the flexibility of the approach allows the cognitive psy chologist, consciousness researcher, and mental health professional to quantify and statistically assess the phenomenological variables associ ated with various stimulus conditions, altered-state induction tech niques, and clinical procedures. The methodology allows the cognitive psychologist and mental health professional to comprehensively quantify the structures and pat terns of subjective experience dealing with imagery, attention, affect, volitional control, internal dialogue, and so forth to determine how these phenomenological structures might covary during such stimulus conditions as free association, a sexual fantasy, creative problem solving, or a panic attack. It allows for various phenomenological pro cesses to be reported, quantified, and statistically assessed in a rather comprehensive fashion that should help shed greater understanding on the nature of mind or consciousness.
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Phenomenological Perspectives on Consciousness
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A)DCQ absorption altered experience ANOVA approach associated attention dimensions awareness baseline condition behavior biofeedback body image cluster analysis coefficient alpha cognitive cognitive psychology completed the PCI correlation matrices dimensions of consciousness ence erotica experienced eyes open eyes-closed condition f-tests factor factor analysis function greater alterations Harvard Group Scale Harvard Scale high susceptibles hypnoidal effects hypnosis hypnotic induction hypnotic susceptibility individuals induction procedure intensity and pattern intensity scores interaction internal dialogue introspection item-pairs Jennrich test Likert scale low susceptibles medium memory methodology negative affect nomenological PCI dimensions PCI sub)dimensions Pekala & Kumar perception phenomenological assessment phenomenological experience Phenomenology of Consciousness pips positive affect predicted progressive relaxation psychology psygrams quantify reference reliability index reported Scale scores sciousness self-awareness sensations significantly different stimulus conditions stream of consciousness stress management subjective experience subsystems suggests susceptible subjects SYSTAT Tart tion variables variance volitional control