Scribner Seminar, London FYE 2017
Awake, Sleeping, or Dreaming?
Holley Hodgins, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
How do we distinguish among the three cardinal states of consciousness: Waking, sleeping, and dreaming? How have the states of consciousness been experienced and understood in different eras and from the perspective of different disciplines? How do we know whether waking, sleeping or dreaming is closest to "reality?" Are we awake or dreaming right now? Our work together in this seminar will involve peering through the lenses of English literature, historical theoretical non-empirical psychology, and empirical psychology and neuroscience, to compare and contrast these disciplinary approaches to the states of consciousness. We will consider perspectives from William Shakespeare, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and contemporary science. London and the surrounding area will be our classroom as we consider the construal of consciousness across eras and disciplines.
Holley Hodgins earned her PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of Rochester, and is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Skidmore College. She studies and teaches about topics related to social psychology, motivation, and emotion. Her recent research has used paradigms from experimental psychology to examine responses to threat, defensiveness, and the unconscious cognitive associations between “us” and “them.” Professor Hodgins is delighted to be headed to London to explore waking, sleeping, and dreaming alongside Skidmore students.