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Cannabis, Consciousness and the Imagination: Track 1

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We know drunk-driving causes death on the roads, but how does taking drugs like cannabis affect your driving skills? This album offers a chance to see how psychologists perform experiments which measure how much cannabis distorts a normal state of consciousness. Tracks 5-8 explore human inventiveness, pointing out that nothing in the world could have been made without the human capacity for imagination. Evolutionary anthropologists use the example of tool-making, showing that humans started to develop this brain capacity 50,000 years ago. Scientists can demonstrate that musicians and artists use an unusual amount of imagination for their creativity; and, lastly, the audio tracks 9-11 look at the complex topic of human consciousness. This material forms part of The Open University course DSE212 Exploring Psychology.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Updated Tuesday 7th July 2009
  • Posted under Psychology
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Track 1: Cannabis, consciousness and the imagination

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2009


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Cannabis, consciousness and the imagination    A short introduction to this album. Play now Cannabis, consciousness and the imagination
2 Cannabis and consciousness    Examining the affect of smoking cannabis on driving. Play now Cannabis and consciousness
3 How cannabis affects your body    A look at an experiment that compares physiological and mental affects of cannabis. Play now How cannabis affects your body
4 Experimenting with simulators    Watching a cannabis smoker drive a car. Play now Experimenting with simulators
5 What is imagination?    A discussion of the concept of imagination Play now What is imagination?
6 Understanding imagination    The psychological processes behind your imagination. Play now Understanding imagination
7 Creative thinking    How artists and scientists think. Play now Creative thinking
8 Linking processes in the brain    How does the imagination use linking processes? Play now Linking processes in the brain
9 What is consciousness?    Examining the nature of consciousness. Play now What is consciousness?
10 Explaining consciousness    The difficulties of trying to describe consciousness. Play now Explaining consciousness
11 Can science explain consciousness?    Can consciousness ever be described and explained in scientific terms? Play now Can science explain consciousness?

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