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November 1971

Control of States of ConsciousnessI. Attainment Through Control of Psychophysiological Variables

Author Affiliations

From the Washington School of Psychiatry, Washington, DC.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;25(5):429-435. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750170045008

A model is made of psychological processes as a homeostatic adaptive control system describable by momentary states with transformations occurring between states. According to the model a major determinant of psychophysiological state and state of consciousness is the nature of the information transmitted between subsystems. Control of state is therefore achieved through control of the information transmitted between subsystems.