States of Consciousness
By: Artemis Beniamin
The awareness we have of ourselves and our environment. Different states of consciousness are associated with different patterns of brain waves. There are four main types of brain waves: alpha, beta, theta, and delta.
Sleep is one of the many types of consciousness we experience. Sleep also involves several states, even while sleeping our brains and bodies are continuing to work.
The practice of focusing attention. People meditate to enhance awareness and gain more control of physical and mental processes. Techniques used in meditation vary and include activities such as repetitive chanting and breathing exercises. However, researchers disagree about whether meditative states are unique states of consciousness.