Other Altered States of Consciousness

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    How to Meditate

    A male voice instructs viewers on how to meditate. New age music is played in the background while computer-generated characters demonstrate the various poses, breathing techniques and meditative states. What did you think of the meditation methods demonstrated in the video? Was it effective? Which aspect of meditation exercise did the speaker emphasize most?

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  • Sensory Overload

    This clip, shown from the viewpoint of the person experiencing sensory overload, combines the images with an urgent piano track in an attempt to put us in the sensory overload mind frame. How does sensory overload qualify as an altered state of consciousness? What sorts of situations might trigger it?

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  • How To Tell if You Are Experiencing Highway Hypnosis

    In this clip from OneMinuteU.com, Debbie Friedman explains the condition called highway hypnosis. How does she describe it and how does she suggest you try avoiding it? How does it qualify as an altered state of consciousness? How is it the same or different from what we generally understand as being hypnotized?

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  • Sylvia Plath Reads Fever 103

    This video features a montage of clips and photos as Sylvia Plath reads her poem Fever 103. Throughout the video, the images are accompanied by white and blue flames. How does a high fever qualify as an altered state of consciousness? How might such an altered state lead to the creation of art, such as this poem?

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  • What Happens When Giguere Suffers from Dehydration

    In this short clip, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the goalie for the professional hockey team the Anaheim Ducks, discusses what happens to him when he becomes dehydrated. How does dehydration qualify as an altered state of consciousness? Are the symptoms similar to those of any other types of altered states?

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