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Paul Kiritsis, PsyD candidate, DPhil., MA (Psychology), MA (History)

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Consciousness, Illness, and Belief: Know Thyself (Table)

Paul Kiritsis - Saturday, June 14, 2014

Conscious State

Activation Energy

Source Input

Wave Type (Electricity)

Mode (Chemistry)

Neural Circuitry Involved

Phenomenology

Waking

High

External

BETA (14-30 Hz) and ALPHA (8-13 Hz)  

Aminergic neurons firing; cholinergic neurons depressed

Serotonin cells switch on cognitive functions in cortex;

top-down

control

We can deploy attentional selectivity, rational judgement, volition, and self-reflection. We can remember and enforce will.

Non-REM sleep

Low

Neither external nor internal

THETA (4-7 Hz) and DELTA (<3.5 Hz)

Aminergic-cholinergic neurons deadlocked

All systems at half throttle or less.

Consciousness dissipates.

REM-sleep  or dreaming

High

Internal

BETA (14-30 Hz) and ALPHA (8-13 Hz)

Cholinergic neurons firing; aminergic neurons inactive

Bottom-up control; visuo-motor circuits firing;

motor functions inhibited by brainstem; temp. not regulated

Severe deficits in orientation, memory, insight, and attention and gains in misperception through hallucination and delusion. Thought projection occurs.  There is no censorship on emotion. Language is implied.  Conscience may or may not be maintained. We are spectators with no volition or will.  

Lucid dreaming

High

Internal

BETA (14-30 Hz) and ALPHA (8-13 Hz)

Cholinergic neurons firing; some aminergic neurons active

Both frontal cortex and brainstem both active; top-down processing

There is preternatural clarity; orientation, memory, insight, and attention reappear and co-exist alongside a hallucinatory reality. We can enforce will.  

 

 

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