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In biological psychology, awareness describes a human or animal's perception and cognitive reaction to a condition or event. Awareness does not necessarily imply understanding, just an ability to be conscious of, feel or perceive. Biological psychology is the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and mental states. ... Senses are the physiological methods of perception. ... Cognitive The scientific study of how people obtain, retrieve, store and manipulate information. ... Look up understanding in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Awareness is a relative concept. An animal may be partially aware, may be subconsciously aware, or may be acutely aware of an event. Awareness may be focused on an internal state, such as a visceral feeling, or on external events by way of sensory perception. Awareness provides the raw material from which animals develop qualia, or subjective ideas about their experience. A concept is an abstract idea or a mental symbol, typically associated with a corresponding representation in language or symbology, that denotes all of the objects in a given category or class of entities, interactions, phenomena, or relationships between them. ... Phyla Subregnum Parazoa Porifera Subregnum Eumetazoa Placozoa Orthonectida Rhombozoa Radiata (unranked) Ctenophora Cnidaria Bilateria (unranked) Acoelomorpha Myxozoa Superphylum Deuterostomia Chordata Hemichordata Echinodermata Chaetognatha Xenoturbellida Superphylum Ecdysozoa Kinorhyncha Loricifera Priapulida Nematoda Nematomorpha Onychophora Tardigrada Arthropoda Superphylum Platyzoa Platyhelminthes Gastrotricha Rotifera Acanthocephala Gnathostomulida Micrognathozoa Cycliophora Superphylum Lophotrochozoa Sipuncula Nemertea Phoronida Ectoprocta Bryozoa... This article may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Redness is the canonical quale. ... This article is in need of attention. ... An idea (Greek: ιδέα) is a specific thought which arises in the mind. ... Look up Experience in Wiktionary, the free dictionary This article discusses the general concept of experience. ...


Researchers have debated what minimal components are necessary for animals to be aware of environmental stimuli, though all animals have some capacity for acute reactive behavior that implies a faculty for awareness.


Popular ideas about consciousness suggest the phenomenon describes a condition of being aware of one's awareness. Efforts to describe consciousness in neurological terms have focused on describing networks in the brain that develop awareness of the qualia developed by other networks. Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. ... Neurology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system. ... In animals, the brain, or encephalon (Greek for in the head), is the control center of the central nervous system. ...


Neural systems that regulate attention serve to attenuate awareness among complex animals whose central and peripheral nervous system provides more information than cognitive areas of the brain can assimilate. Within an attenuated system of awareness, a mind might be aware of much more than is being contemplated in a focused extended consciousness. Look up Attention in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A diagram showing the CNS: 1. ... The peripheral nervous system or PNS, is part of the nervous system, and consists of the nerves and neurons that reside or extend outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to serve the limbs and organs, for example. ... Look up Cognition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Mental redirects here. ... In biological psychology, extended consciousness describes an animals autobiographical self-perception. ...


When a patient goes for a surgical operation, it is desirable to temporarily make the patient unaware. Anaesthesiologists specialise in this and a major responsibility is to prevent awareness during the operation. This is achieved by giving anesthetic drugs through the veins and through the lungs.



Awareness is also a concept used in CSCW. Its definition has not yet reached a consensus in the scientific community. The term computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) was first coined by Greif and Cashman in 1984, at a workshop attended by individuals interested in using technology to support people in their work (Grudin 1994). ...


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It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Self-consciousness. ... Yoga Nidra, which literally means sleep of the yogis, is used to prepare both mentally and physically prior to seeking deeper levels of consciousness and awareness through meditation. ... Indefinite Monism is a philosophical conception of Reality that asserts that only Awareness is real and that the wholeness of Reality can be conceptually thought of in terms of immanent and transcendent aspects. ... The Feldenkrais Method is an educational system intended to give individuals a greater functional awareness of the self. ...

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