Consciousness is a topic that is widely researched. In fact, your textbook cannot hope to cover all of the information on this topic. Your task is to supplement the information in the textbook on one of the following topics:

Check out the resources on Ebsco:
Use the Encyclopedia Britannica Online as a resource.

Check out the recommended links under your chosen topic - Please be aware that some of these topics (dreams, hypnosis, meditation) are somewhat controversial and some sites express some strong, somewhat one-sided opinions. Try to use a few different links to ensure that you get a number of opinions on these topics.

I. Circadian Rhythms & Sleep (Biological clocks, SAD, Jet-Lag, REM cycle, Melatonin)
Fall back ... into bed: It's time to reset your biological clock
New pattern in our biological clock overturns long-held theory
Circadian Rhythms Fact Sheet - National Institutes of General Medical Sciences
First Human Circadian Rhythm Gene Identified - HHMI
First Human Circadian Rhythm Gene Identified - Science Daily News
The Time of Our Lives
Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Disorders - Web MD
Tweaking the Human Circadian Clock with Light - Biological Rhythms
Teen sleep: Why is your teen so tired? - Mayo Clinic


How to Sleep Well
All About Sleep - Kid's Health
Importance of sleep
Understanding Children's Sleep Habits
Children And Sleep
Lights Out: The Importance of Sleep
The Importance Of Sleep In Regulating Emotional Responses
Stages of Sleep
Sleep Disorders
How Much Sleep Do You Need? Sleep Cycles & Stages, Lack of Sleep, and Getting the Hours You Need
Stages of Sleep: REM and Non-REM Sleep
Stages of Sleep

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - Mayo Clinic
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Topic Overview
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - HealthLink BC
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - Mood Disorder Assoc. Manitoba
Seasonal Affective Disorder - Canadian Mental Health Assoc.
Depression in Special Circumstances: Seasonal Affective Disorders
Seasonal Affective Disorder: Supporting the Student with SAD

Melatonin and Sleep
Is Melatonin a Helpful Sleep Aid — and What Should I Know About melatonin Side Effects? - Mayo Clinic
Fact Sheet: Melatonin
Melatonin no 'magic pill' for getting healthy kids to sleep Supplement effective for children with neurologic problems, doctors say
Melatonin - MedLine Plus
If I send my kid to bed with melatonin, will it hurt him?

Jet Lag and Sleep
How to Cope With Jet Lag: What is jet lag and why do you get it?
Jet lag disorder
Jet Lag - MedicineNet
Jet Lag - Overview
Sleep Problems: Dealing With Jet Lag
Jet Lag Basics
Jet Lag and Shift Work
A Battle Plan for Jet Lag
How Can I Treat Jet Lag? Learn How to Shift Your Circadian Rhythm and Beat Jet Lag

II. Dreams (Freud, Theories, Analysis/Interpretation, Daydreams)

Introduction to Sigmund Freud’s Theory on Dreams
Why Do We Dream? - Top Dream Theories
What Is Latent Content?
Freudian Dream Theory Today
Interpretation of Dreams

Theories, Analysis/Interpretation:
Dream Interpretation - a Guide to Psychology and its Practice
The Power and Purpose of Dreams - Psychology Today
3 Fascinating Facts About Dreams - World of Psychology
Dreams: Night School - Psychology Today
Why Do We Dream? - Top Dream Theories -
How Dreams Work - How Stuff Works
Dream Moods
Dream Dictionary - Dream Moods
The Dreams Foundationl
Nightmares ? Bad Dreams, Recurring Dreams ? Lucky You!
Dream Library - Psychology

The Power of Daydreaming Wake Your Creative Abilities
The Science of Daydreams
What Your Daydreams Reveal About You
Five Surprising Facts About Daydreaming
Why Does Daydreaming Get Such a Bad Rap?

III. Sleep Disorders (Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Sleepwalking & Talking, Night Terrors, Sleep Apnea)


Spring Allergies May Increase Snoring, Disrupt Sleep - Sleep
DSM 5 Sleep Disorders Overhaul
Sleep Disorders - MedlinePlus
Sleep Disorders Information
Sleep disorders: Roadblocks to a good night's rest - CBC News
Sleep Disorders
Sleep Disorders and Sleeping Problems Symptoms, Treatments for Common Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders - overview: MedlinePlus
Sleep Disorders - Consumer Health Information
Sleep Disorders Health Center - Web Md
Sleep Disorders -
Treating sleep disorders may help psychological problems, reports the Harvard Mental Health Letter
Sleep Disorders: Altered States of Consciousness - Psychology
Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Information for Parents and Educators

IV. Hypnosis & Meditation (Biofeedback, Uses of):
Hypnosis news, articles and information:
Self-Hypnosis Relaxation Techniques from Mind Tools
How Hypnosis Works - How Stuff Works
Learn powerful hypnosis techniques for achieving your goals!
Hypnosis and Hypnotism In Mystery, History, and Therapy
Hypnotism : A scientific approach
Hypnotism Techniques
Learn Self Hypnosis Techniques
The Power of Hypnosis - Psychology Today
Clinical hypnosis: Something for you?
What Hypnosis Does for Experimental Psychology
Hypnosis Today - Looking Beyond the Media Portal
Basics of Hypnotic Psychology: Conscious and Unconscious Minds
The psychology of hypnosis - Queen's Univ. Journal

The Science of Meditation - Psychology Today
The Benefits of Meditation
Medical Benefits of Meditation
3 Easy Beginner Meditation Techniques
Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief Finding the Relaxation Exercises That Work for You
Meditation Techniques
Learn to Meditate A Simple Meditation Technique
Benefits and Different Types of Meditation Techniques Techniques for Relaxation
Meditation - Relaxing with sustained concentration Relaxation Techniques from Mind Tools
Meditation ... Its Benefits
The Benefits of Meditation
Learning About Transcendental Meditation

What Is Biofeedback?
Overview of Biofeedback - WebMD
Biofeedback: Using Your Mind to Improve Your Health
Biofeedback - American Cancer Society
Managing Anxiety with Biofeedback
Biofeedback - Healthy Women

Learning Meditation Home Page
Canadian Hypnosis Centre

You may work in a group of up to 4 people to create an interesting, interactive presentation.

Follow these steps:

  1. Begin first by selecting one of the topics above. No more than two groups can work on any one topic. See me to sign up.
  2. Brainstorm with your group to create a list of questions you would like to answer in your research. Skim through your textbook for ideas. You should have at least ten questions. You will be asked to show these questions to me before you begin researching. In addition, include the following:

  • An introduction of your topic.
  • History of research in this area
  • New scientific theories in this area
  • Studies that have been conducted in this area
  • How psychology is helping people with research in this field.
  • Visuals
3. Research in the following locations: Ebsco, the Internet, books in the library, reference materials in the library and your textbook.
4. Take good notes. I will ask you to hand these in.
5. You may want to consider conducting an experiment. Consider using a survey or interviews for example.
6. Decide how you will present. Remember to keep it interesting and interactive. Some ideas are: create a movie, make a slideshow, do a skit, make a quiz show, hold a press conference, conduct an experiment in class, or run a short discussion as part of your presentation. Presentations should be about 10 minutes in length. Remember, if you are interested in your topic your audience will be too!
7. Don’t forget to include a bibliography. Taking information without citing it is plagiarism.
8. Practice! Go over your presentation with your group. Create note cards in point form so you are not reading directly from slides etc… Decide speaking order