Psychology 2011A/B: Altered States of Consciousness

Psychology 3120G: Altered States: Selected Topics

Psychology 3177F: Consciousness


Course Outline

Grading Criteria
Practice Test

Practice Final Exam

Psychology 3177F: Consciousness


December 21, 2107. I have marked your exams and submitted the final grades. You did reasonably well on the exam with an average grade of 78% and highest mark of 95% (which is exceptional). The highest mark in the course was 90% and two students achieved that grade. That is also exceptional. Congratulations! The class average for the course was 74%. Let me know if you wish to have a copy of your final exam. I can make a paper photocopy or scan it in and email it to you. I did not write any comments on the exams since few students ever ask for them. Have a great Christmas!

December 7, 2017. The time for the optional review session has been changed from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. So, There will be an optional review session on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in Room FB003.

December 1, 2017. Our final examination is on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Room LH101. There will be an optional review session on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in Room FB003. That Friday, office hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon only. I have to go to a department retreat off campus which starts at 12:30 p.m.

October 12, 2017. From the Chair of our Department, in case no one has been found yet:

Dear Psychology students: 


If you are in year 4 of an Honors program in Psychology, I encourage you to apply for the Dr. Jaroslav Havelka Memorial Award. This award is valued at $400 and is presented at the Feast of Christ the King in November. This endowed award was created to commemorate Dr. Havelka’s life and commitment to his students. 


If you are eligible, please contact Ms Dianne Konings in the student financial services office at Dianne.Konings@kings.uwo.ca for the application form. The (extended) application deadline is 12 noon on Thursday October 12.

Also 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 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.

September 7, 2017. I have posted the schedule for the course along with the homework questions in the resources box on the left with the title "Homework." I have also posted the Grading Criteria in the Resources box.

September 5, 2017. Here are some resources for those of you thinking about what to do after graduation: http://publish.uwo.ca/~laura/overview.html.

August 11, 2017. The course outline for 2017-18 school year has now been posted in the resources box on the left.

July 18, 2017. The course outline is in process of preparation and, as soon as I have received it back from my secretary, I will post it on this web site. We will use the same textbook as last year, Transcendent Mind, so you might be able to find a used copy somewhere. You can also just buy a copy at the Western bookstore. However, the price of the book appears to have dropped recently, so you might be able to get a reasonably priced new copy from an online bookseller.

December 16, 2016. I have finished grading your examinations and submitting the grades. The highest mark on the final exam was 91.67%, earned by two students and the average grade was 70%. The highest mark in the course was 88%, again earned by two students. The average final grade in the course was also 70%. If you would like to see your final exam, just let me know. Have a great Christmas!

December 12, 2016. The final examination is this morning at 9:00 a.m. in room LH103.

December 9, 2016. In the optional review session today we covered "everything and more:" Murphy, Operator 190, David Bohm's version of implicate order, Thomasz, Anita Moorjani, the four stages of creative thinking, Assagioli's egg diagram, pareidolia, ITC, EVP, Marcello Bacci, the view from nowhere, drops of "nows," precognition, two-slit experiment, block universes, after-death communication, survival hypothesis, micro-pk, macro-pk, recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis, Philip as a thoughtform, hungry ghosts, pre-birth communication, physiological data for terminal lucidity and near-death experiences, Peter Ward's Medea hypothesis, Wolfgang Pauli, the Pauli effect, quantum theoretical explanations of mind-matter interactions, experimenter effects, damping effects, whole-world effects, gold-leaf lady, FieldREG, global consciousness project, meaning fields, multifactorial nature of the evidence for survival, Weber's law, psychophysics, and on and on.

December 8, 2016. There will be an optional review session on Friday, December 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in room DL012.

November 25, 2016. I have posted a practice final exam. Please click on the link in the "Resources" box on the left to see it.

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.

November 4, 2016. The movie "The Afterlife Investigations" is now on reserve in the King's library for students who want to see it.

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.

August 24, 2016. I have posted the course outline in the resources box on the left. Please read the first chapter for the first class, as we will be covering some of the material in that chapter during the class. The textbook is supposed to arrive in the bookstore at Western on September 1, 2016.

July 5, 2016. I will post the course outline as soon as I receive it. There will be weekly homework assignments worth 40% of the final grade, a term test worth 20%, and a final examination worth 40%. The textbook for the course will be Transcendent Mind: Rethinking the Science of Consciousness written by myself and Julia Mossbridge, published by American Psychological Association Books, available from the Western Bookstore or your favourite online bookseller.

December 21, 2015. I have submitted the grades for the course. The average for the final exam was 74%. The highest marks on the exam were 91%, 87%, and 83%. The average for the final grade was 73% with highest marks of 87%, 82%, 81%, 81%, and 80%. Please let me know if you wish to see your final exam. You can come by during my office hours next semester on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and I will give you a photocopy of your exam. If you want to know the breakdown of your marks, you can just email me and I will email the breakdown back to you. Have a great Christmas!

November 26, 2015. The final exam is on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Room LH100. There will be an optional review session on Monday, December 14, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in Room DL130.

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

October 27, 2015. The answers to the term test are posted in the Summary.

October 1, 2015. To see a practice test, please click on the "Practice Test" link in the "Resources" box.

September 16, 2015. I have activated the "Summary" link in the "Resources" box to the left where you can see summaries of each class.

August 27, 2015. I have activated the links for the homework assignments and grading criteria for students who want to get a head start on the reading and homework.

August 25, 2015. I have activated the link for the "Course Outline" in the "RESOURCES" box on the left for students who would like to see the course outline. The textbooks are now available for purchase in the UWO Bookstore.

July 29, 2015. Please note that none of the links in the resource box have been activated yet. I will post the course outline as soon as I receive it back from my secretary. For students who want to get a head start with their reading, we will be reading one of my books Science as a Spiritual Practice (Imprint Academic, 2007) which is available from the textbook store or that you can just order online from somewhere. And there is a coursepack "University of Western Ontario Bookstore Custom Course Material M# 11215." Both will be required reading.

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