Consciousness, Altered States of Consciousness, and Behavior Regulation: Conscious, Subconscious, Unconscious



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The purpose of the course is to present the most important problems concerning conscious, subconscious and unconscious processes from a historical perspective, and to cover current research and discussions concerning these problems. It is also aimed to motivate studens to think about the role of conscious, subconscious and unconscious processes in the regulation of behaviour. First, the most important problems will be covered by lectures, then the views on the functions of consciousness will be discussed in intensive seminars on the basis of the literature reviewed thoroughly by the students.

Course requirements: active participation in course discussions of each topic (on the basis of reading the basic literature) and an oral presentation of current research findings concerning the hot issues of consciousness.

  • Block, N., Flanagan, O., Güzeldere, G. (eds.) (1997) The nature of consciousness. Philosophical debates. Cambridge: Ma: MIT Press.
  • Bowers, K. S., Meichenbaum, D. (eds..) (1984) The unconscious reconsidered. A Wiley- Interscience Publication. New York, etc.: John Wiley ` Sons.
  • Donald, M. (2001) A mind so rare. The evolution of human consciousness. New York, London: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Gray, J. (2004) Consciusness: creeping up on the hard problem. Oxford University Press.
  • Libet, B. (2004) Mind time. The temporal factor of consciousness. Cambridge, London: Harvard University Press.