What is the definition of the "psychology of consciousness" associated with Robert Ornstein?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This concept is associate with Ornstein's book of the same title, The Psychology of Consciousness. In it, Ornstein addresses the question: "What is consciousness?" His approach is to examine consciousness from the two perspectives of intuition and reason since these cognitive functions have generally been defined as being opposed to each other. Echoing his earlier book, The Right Mind, Ornstein unifies creativity and reason to develop a more full-blown map of human consciousness.

The core of Ornstein's assertions is that the "I" of our consciousness, though able to access the outputs of consciousness processes, cannot access the process themselves. Consequently, our self knowledge accessed through consciousness is incomplete and an illusion.

Psychology of consciousness is the theory or theories that unify, describe and predict outputs and processes of conscious function that, at the present time, elude knowledge, and, more importantly, escape us in our self-reflective introspections into our own self-awareness and self-concept. This is so because our conscious processes cannot access the mental processes behind the outcomes we can observe.

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Psychology of Conciousness: the study of the human abstract mind and its relationship to mind, matter, and the universe.