In this learning pathway we will explore altered states of consciousness, including sleep, hypnosis, and meditation. As you make your way through this learning pathway make note of the ways in which altered states have similar neural signatures.



Dr. Dukewich provides a brief orientation to this learning pathway on other states of consciousness.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University.


Pathway Learning Outcomes

By the end of this learning pathway you should be able to:

  • Describe the different stages of sleep and their typical characteristics
  • Describe the purpose of sleep and the evidence for that conclusion
  • Describe some of the characteristics of hypnosis
  • Explain the evidence that hypnosis affects confidence rather than accuracy of recall
  • Summarize the two theories to explain hypnosis
  • Describe the benefits of meditation