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COURSES:

Psychology 2011A/B: Altered States of Consciousness

Psychology 3120G: Altered States: Selected Topics

Psychology 3177F: Consciousness

Resources

Course Outline Fall 2017-18 Section 570

Course Outline Fall 2017-18 Section 571

Course Outline Winter 2016-17 Section 570
Sample Test Questions

Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 1: Introduction

Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 2: Wakefulness

Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 3: Sleep

Test 1 Answers

Lecture Notes: After Test 1: Psychodynamic Theories

Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 4: Dreams
Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 5: Hypnosis
Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 6: Trance

Test 2 Answers

Lecture Notes: After Test 2: Guest Speaker

Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 7: Psychedelics

Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 8: Transcendence
Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 9: Death
Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 10: Conclusion
Supplementary Lecture Notes: Review

Final Examination Answers

 

Psychology 2011a/b: Altered States of Consciousness

ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 14, 2017. I have posted the grades for Test 2 to Owl. Please let me know if there are any issues with your grade. The average for Section 570 was 73% with a highest grade of 39/40 and the average for Section 571 was 68% with a highest grade of 38/40.

November 8, 2017. The scoring for Test 2 for Section 570 has been changed as indicated in "Test 2 Answers."

November 7, 2017. The examination will take place in Rooms SA150 and SA151. Just go to whichever room is not full. There will be an optional review session on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 12:00 noon in Room W166.

October 17, 2017. The final examation will be on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. The final examination will be 90 minutes long. Please remember to bring a pencil, eraser, and your student identification card. The following is a breakdown of the number of questions on the examination targetting the material for each of the topics covered in the chapters of the book:

  Chapter 1

5 questions

  Chapter 2

5 questions

  Chapter 3

5 questions

  After Test 1 & Chapter 4

5 questions

  Chapter 5

5 questions

  Chapter 6

5 questions

  After Test 2 & Chapter 7

16 questions

  Chapter 8

16 questions

  Chapter 9

16 questions

  Chapter 10

2 questions

  Total

80 questions

October 12, 2017. From the Chair of the Department: "Life After King’s: What can you do with a Psychology degree? You are invited to join the Psychology Department for a "Life after King's" discussion with some of our awesome alumni! This event will be Monday, October 16, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Vitali Student Lounge. We'll provide some light lunch. All are welcome!"

October 10, 2017. I have received the grades for Test 1 and posted them to Owl. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies or other problems. The average for Section 570 was 67% with a highest mark of 40/40 and the average for Section 571 was 63% with a highest mark of 36/40. See you in class!

October 5, 2017. I have a Zoom meeting tomorrow from 12:00 noon until about 2:00 p.m. I will be in my office, but unavailable. If you need to see me tomorrow, I would be glad to meet with you immediately after my meeting, say, at 2:00 p.m. But please let me know beforehand, so that I know to expect you.

September 22, 2017. Office hours cancelled today.

August 11, 2017. Course outlines for the fall semester of 2017-18 have now been posted in the resources box on the left.

July 18, 2017. The course outlines are in the process of preparation. As soon as I receive them back from my secretary, I will post them on this web site. The textbook for this course is the same as it has been for previous years, Alterations of Consciousness. You can buy it from an online bookseller (but please don't buy the copy that is selling for CDN$2,417.99 on Amazon.ca) or from Western's textbook store. The book is also available as a coursepack from Western's bookstore with number M11216. Please don't buy both a copy of the book and the coursepack. Yes, they both say "required" but what that means is that you need a copy of Alterations of Consciousness and not the book version and the coursepack version. The coursepack version is, after all, just a scanned copy of the book version. To add to the confusion, for those of you who like your e-readers, there is a Kindle version as well.

April 24, 2017. The final examination has been marked and I have submitted the grades. The class average on the final exam was 66% with a highest grade of 95%. The class average for the course was 67% with a highest grade of 95%. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies between the final grades that you receive and what you think those grades should be. Have a great summer!

March 14, 2017. The final examation will be on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in Room LH105. The final examination will be 90 minutes long. Please remember to bring a pencil, eraser, and your student identification card. The following is a breakdown of the number of questions on the examination targetting the material for each of the topics covered in the chapters of the book:

  Chapter 1

5 questions

  Chapter 2

5 questions

  Chapter 3

5 questions

  After Test 1 & Chapter 4

5 questions

  Chapter 5

5 questions

  Chapter 6

5 questions

  After Test 2 & Chapter 7

16 questions

  Chapter 8

16 questions

  Chapter 9

16 questions

  Chapter 10

2 questions

  Total

80 questions

There will be an optional review session on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in Room SA151.

March 8, 2017. I have graded Test 2 and posted your grades to Owl. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies. The class average was 66% with a highest mark of 38/40 which three students achieved. The final examination will be on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. I will post more information about the final examination once rooms have been assigned.

February 3, 2017. I posted your grades for Test 1 to Owl. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies. The highest mark was 40/40 and the class average was 71%. Well done!

December 19, 2016. I have submitted the grades for this course. The average grades on the final exam were 68% for Section 570 and 69% for Section 571 with highest grades of 77/80 and 73/80 respectively. The average grades for the course were 67% for Section 570 and 66% for Section 571 with highest marks of 93% in both Section 570 and Section 571. Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great Christmas!

November 22, 2016. The final examation will be on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in rooms LH100, LH101, and LH105. Go to whichever room is not already full. The final examination will be 90 minutes long. Please remember to bring a pencil, eraser, and your student identification card. The following is a breakdown of the number of questions on the examination targetting the material for each of the topics covered in the chapters of the book:

  Chapter 1

5 questions

  Chapter 2

5 questions

  Chapter 3

5 questions

  After Test 1 & Chapter 4

5 questions

  Chapter 5

5 questions

  Chapter 6

5 questions

  After Test 2 & Chapter 7

16 questions

  Chapter 8

16 questions

  Chapter 9

16 questions

  Chapter 10

2 questions

  Total

80 questions

There will be an optional review session on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Room DL130.

November 10, 2016. Julia Mossbridge and I are talking about Transcendent Mind this coming Saturday, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the following book exposition http://pflyceum.wiziq.com/course/171232-parapsychology-foundation-book-expo-fall-2016.

October 12, 2016. I have a meeting on Friday, October 14, 2016, that begins at 10:00 a.m. I do not know what time that meeting will end, but I will come to my office for office hours as soon as that meeting is over. Office hours, this semester, are from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Fridays. I will stay as long as necessary after 2:00 p.m. to make sure that everyone's questions get answered.

October 11, 2016. I have posted the grades for Test 1 to Owl. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies between the posted grade and what you think your grade should be. The average grade for Section 570 was 65% with a highest mark of 38/40; the average grade for Section 571 was 64% also with a highest mark of 38/40.

September 30, 2016. Some of you have pointed out to me that the issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration in which the Bill Bengston article has been published does not open. I have now received a copy of that issue as a pdf file from the editor for our web site, so that when you click on the "Bengston's Study" link, you will open a pdf copy of that issue of the journal. Happy reading! (And studying!) See you all on Monday!

August 24, 2016. I have received the course outlines for the fall semester and posted them. Just click on the links in the "Resources" box on the left. Please read the first chapter of the textbook for the first class. We will be covering the material in that chapter during the first lecture.

July 5, 2016. Course outlines for the fall semester should be available sometime in July. Once I have received them, I will post them in the "Resources" box on the left. The course outlines that are available currently are those from last year. The textbook for the course will be Alterations of Consciousness published by APA Books. The hardcover edition is out of print, so you have three options: 1. Buy the coursepack version of the book in the bookstore at Western; 2. Buy the Kindle edition of the book for CAD$51.71 from Amazon.ca here; 3. Buy a used copy of the hardcover edition if you can find one.

April 14, 2016. The exams have been marked and I have submitted the final grades for the course to the Department Chair. Please note that it could take a few days for your grades to be posted by Western University. If you find any problems, please let me know. For Section 570, 66 students wrote the final examination, with an average of 68% and a highest mark of 78/80; for Section 571, 33 students wrote the final examination with an average of 75% and a highest mark of 75/80. The average final grade for Section 570 was 66% with a highest final grade of 99% and the average final grade for Section 571 was 67% with a highest final grade of 96%. Have a great summer!

April 11, 2016. I have posted the answers to the final examination on the "Final Examination Answers" page which can be reached through the link in the "Resources" box on the left. Please refresh your browser so that you can see the anwers.

March 29, 2016. The final examination will take place on Monday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms SA150 and SA151. Please go to whichever room is not already full. Please see below for other information about the final exam.

March 18, 2016. There will be an optional review session on Friday, March 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Room LH100.

March 10, 2016. Please note the following message from the Academic Dean's office at King's:

If you are a part-time or full-time King’s student who wants to return in Fall 2016, you must go online between now and Tuesday, March 31st 2016 to complete your Intent to Register (go to: Student Center under Student Services Links click Intent to Register.  Program counselling sessions (go to: Schedule) will help you choose your program and module/s for next year. You will not choose courses now, but course registration in June/July will depend on successful completion of your ITR before the deadline. For more information please visit on the King's website.

March 8, 2016. I have posted the grades for Test 2 to Owl. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies between the posted grade and what you think your grade should be. The average grade for Section 570 was 71% with three students receiving a grade of 40/40; the average grade for Section 571 was 74% with a highest mark of 38/40 which was attained by three students.

The final exam will take place on Monday, April 11 at 9:00 a.m. Once rooms are assigned, I will let you know what they are. The exam will be 90 minutes long. Please remember to bring a pencil, eraser, and your student identification card. You must fill in the scantron sheet with a pencil. Please do NOT bring your cell phones or other electronic devices. You are not allowed to have a cell phone or any other electronic device with you during the examination. The following is a breakdown of the number of questions on the examination targetting the material for each of the topics covered in the chapters of the book and the lectures. Please note that there will be some questions (included in the total number of 80 questions) that are based on material that was covered in class but that is not in the textbook.

  Chapter 1

5 questions

  Chapter 2

5 questions

  Chapter 3

5 questions

  After Test 1 & Chapter 4

5 questions

  Chapter 5

5 questions

  Chapter 6

5 questions

  After Test 2 & Chapter 7

16 questions

  Chapter 8

16 questions

  Chapter 9

16 questions

  Chapter 10

2 questions

  Total

80 questions

March 2, 2016. In response to student requests, I have placed five copies of the final examination from last semester on reserve in the King's library under the title "Practice Final Examination." The answers to the final examination can be found by clicking on "Final Examination Answers" in the "Resources" box on the left.

February 29, 2016. I have posted the answers to Test 2. Please refresh your web browser if the answers do not show up.

February 17, 2016. On Test 2 I will be targetting material since the time of the first test and will not be targetting material that was covered on the first test.

February 2, 2016. (Revised) I posted the grades for the first test to Owl. I had to create a second Owl site for Section 571, so if you are in Section 571, please see the second site. If you cannot find your grade, or there is a discrepancy, please let me know. The average for Section 570 was 67% with a highest grade of 40/40 for two students and the average grade for Section 571 was 67% with a highest grade of 39/40.

January 27, 2016. On Test 1, for Section 570, Form 444, the correct answer for Question 1 is "B." The "Test 1 Answers" table has been corrected to reflect that.

December 21, 2015. I have submitted the grades for the class. Please let me know if you think that something doesn't add up and we'll figure it out. There were 78 students from Section 570 and 38 students from Section 571 who wrote the final examination. The average mark on the final examination was 68% for Section 570 and 70% for Section 571 with highest marks of 95% and 98% respectively. The average grade for the course was 67% for Section 570 and 69% for Section 571 with highest marks of 92% and 94% respectively. Have a great Christmas!

December 1, 2015. There will be an optional review session on Tuesday, November 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in room DL012.

November 17, 2015. The final exam will take place on Wednesday, November 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in rooms LH105 and LH100. Just go to whichever room is not already full. The exam will be 90 minutes long. Please remember to bring a pencil, eraser, and your student identification card. Please do NOT bring your cell phones or other electronic devices. You are not allowed to have a cell phone or any other electronic device with you during the examination. The following is a breakdown of the number of questions on the examination targetting the material for each of the topics covered in the chapters of the book and the lectures. Please note that there will be some questions (included in the total number of 80 questions) that are based on material that was covered in class but that is not in the textbook.

Chapter 1

5 questions

Chapter 2

5 questions

Chapter 3

5 questions

After Test 1 & Chapter 4

5 questions

Chapter 5

5 questions

Chapter 6

5 questions

Chapter 7

16 questions

Chapter 8

16 questions

Chapter 9

16 questions

Chapter 10

2 questions

Total

80 questions

November 14, 2015. I have posted the grades for Test 2 to Owl. Please let me know if there appears to be a problem with your grade. For both sections, the class average was 70% and the highest grade was 38/40.

November 9, 2015. I have posted the answers to Test 2. Please let me know if you have any issues with them.

October 30, 2015. Please contact me before coming if you want to meet with me today during my office hours.

October 27, 2015. On Test 2 I will be targetting material since the time of the first test and will not be targetting material that was covered on the first test.

October 12, 2015. Test 1 has been graded and I have posted your grades on Owl. Please let me know if there is a discrepancy between the posted grade and what you think you should have received on the test. The class average for Section 570 was 62% with a lowest mark of 11/40 and a highest mark of 37/40. The class average for Section 571 was 74% with a lowest mark of 15/40 and a highest mark of 38/40.

October 1, 2015. Just a reminder that we have our first test next Monday. There will be 40 multiple choice questions on the test, about 13 or 14 targetting material from each of the first three chapters and lectures, and you will have 40 minutes to complete the test. Please remember to bring a pencil, an eraser, and your student id card. You can find sample questions in the resource box on the left if you click on the link "Sample Test Questions." The answers to the sample questions are on the bottom of the "Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 1: Introduction" page.

September 29, 2015. In class I mentioned the student group at the University of Washington Bothell that started the Set Science Free movement. Here is a link to that group: Set Science Free.

September 15, 2015. Students who missed the first class should see the "Supplementary Lecture Notes: Chapter 1: Introduction" by clicking on the link in the "Resources" box on the left.

August 25, 2015. The UWO Bookstore has created a custom course material version of the textbook for this course "Alterations of Consciousness" with number M11216 at a cost of $46.28. This is less expensive than the Kindle version which, today, has a price of $49.77. There is also a handful of used copies available in the bookstore for $34.65 each. Students can purchase whichever one they prefer or read one of the copies that is on reserve in the library.

August 14, 2015. I have posted the course outlines for the fall semester. Please click on the appropriate link in the Resources box on the left.

July 29, 2015. Please note that none of the links in the Resources box have been activated yet. The course outlines are coming. In the meantime, some students have asked me about the textbook. The textbook for the course will be the textbook that I wrote for this course Alterations of Consciousness (APA Books, 2003). Your cheapest option is to buy the Kindle version of the book which you can do here:  http://www.amazon.ca/Alterations-Consciousness-Empirical-Analysis-Scientists-ebook/dp/B003Q6CX1O/ref=kinw_dp_ke. The textbook store at Western is working on trying to get a cheap paper copy for students who want something they can hold in their hands. I'll let you know when that has been sorted out. There should also be two copies of the textbook on reserve in the King's library.

March 18, 2014. The final exam will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in rooms SA150 and SA151. Just go to whichever room is not already full. The exam will be 90 minutes long. Please remember to bring a pencil, eraser, and your student identification card. Please do NOT bring your cell phones or other electronic devices. You are not allowed to have a cell phone or any other electronic device with you during the examination. The following is a breakdown of the number of questions on the examination targetting the material for each of the topics covered in the chapters of the book and the lectures. Please note that there will be some questions (included in the total number of 80 questions) that are based on material that was covered in class but that is not in the textbook.

Chapter 1

5 questions

Chapter 2

5 questions

Chapter 3

5 questions

After Test 1

1 question

Chapter 4

5 questions

Chapter 5

5 questions

Chapter 6

5 questions

After Test 2

2 questions

Chapter 7

15 questions

Chapter 8

15 questions

Chapter 9

15 questions

Chapter 10

2 questions

Total

80 questions

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