The Science of Consciousness Conference
Jun 25, 2019 – Jun 28, 2019

Conscious Experience and Cognitive Ability

Sona Ahuja, Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India
(with Sant Pyari Saxena, Ovidiu Brazdau; Deemed University Dayalbagh, Agra, India)

Conscious experience is the state of wakefulness or state of knowing oneself or some-thing within oneself and or being aware of external objects. Conscious experiences are mysterious and subjective in nature. Recent studies in the field of consciousness suggest that conscious experiences can help in better understanding of feelings, emotions of oneself and others and thus improve the rate of development and quality of life. It may also enhance the emotional and cognitive abilities. Cognitive abilities are related to mental skills and brain-based functions which play a vital role in growth and development and are needed to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex.

These have more to do with the mechanisms of how we learn, remember, problem-solve, and pay attention, rather than with any factual knowledge. The present study examines the relationship between conscious experience and cognitive abilities. Consciousness Quotient and general mental ability of participants (N=270) were assessed. Pearson’s correlation was used to identify the relationship between conscious experience and cognitive ability. The study also determined the influence of conscious experience in the prediction of cognitive abilities using linear regression analysis. The relationship between different dimensions of the consciousness quotient and cognitive abilities are discussed.

Does Consciousness Quotient Empower Horizontal Leaders? A Case-Based Approach in Technological Organisations

Abhishek Nigam, Rupali Misra; Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra, India

The present study attempts to study the role of consciousness in empowering horizontal leaders in organizations. Using a combination of observation and case-based approach, we identified three projects which have been successfully completed in a large multi-national technological organization.

We use a twenty-three item measure developed by Podsakoff et al. (1990) to measure six traits of transformational leadership, consciousness quotient (Brazdau, 2013) and self-developed questions to capture who’s and why’s of preferred future managers.