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Joseph J. Palladino & Christopher M. Bloom

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 21: States of Consciousness

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States of Consciousness
States of consciousness

The term consciousness has a long history in psychology. One way to assess the concept is to consider how it has been addressed in our discipline's gateway—introductory psychology texts. The first edition of the classic R. C. Atkinson and R. L. Atkinson textbook appeared in 1957. The tenth edition of this text was published in 1990. The topic of consciousness occupies a chapter in a section of the text titled Consciousness and Perception; the specific chapter that deals with the topic is titled Consciousness and Its Altered States. The breadth of topics in this chapter is similar to what we find in more recently published textbooks (e.g., Davis & Palladino, 2007; D. H. Hockenbury & S. E. Hockenbury, 2006) and ...

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