Robert W. Ferguson Ph.D.
15 December 2014
Introductory Psychology: A Casebook
Chapter 7 - Critical Thinking about States of Consciousness: 1. How do you explain the fact that some people have lucid dreams and others do not? Have you ever had one? Some people are more likely to have lucid dreams than others because there is an increased activation in parts of the brain that are normally suppressed during sleep. I have not had a lucid dream. I let my dreams occur naturally rather than influencing the direction of the dream.
2. Do you feel that if a person kills someone during a night terror that the killing should be excused? Why or why not? I feel that if a person kills someone during a night terror the killing should be excused. Unlike nightmares, which people often remember, a person will not have any memory of a night terror because they were in a deep sleep when it happened and there are no mental images to recall.
3. What is your take on the meaning of why we dream? The question of whether dreams actually have a physiological, biological, or psychological function has yet to be answered. I think that when we sleep our dreams are reflecting our emotions about the day that we had. Also, I think dreaming is a way to exercise the brain to plow through information and decide what to hang on to and what to forget.
4. Do you think that cancer or AIDS sufferers should be able to use marijuana legally to ease their symptoms? Why or why not? I think that cancer or AIDS sufferers should be able to use marijuana legally to ease their symptoms. I think it is fine as long as it is medical marijuana because they are using it to help with their pain and not to get “high”. 5. Why do you feel that some drug users become addicted to their drugs and others are able to use them socially? No single factor can predict whether or not a person will become addicted to drugs. Risk for addiction is influenced by a person’s biology,...
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