Commonly used to denote a mental state in which one is awake and responsive, as opposed to sleeping or in a coma. In psychology, the term also refers to one’s way of perceiving, including thoughts, sensations, moods, emotions, dreams, and the like.
Example: Many humans assume that the mental states of other higher-order animals such as primates and dolphins are similar to theirs, and that they too experience emotions, dreams, and the like.
Grinnell, R. (2008). Consciousness. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 8, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/2008/consciousness/