Consciousness is everything you experience. It is the tune stuck in your head, the sweetness of chocolate mousse, the bitter pain of a toothache, the fierce Love for your child and the knowledge that eventually all feelings will end. The origin and nature of these experiences have been a mystery from the earliest days of antiquity right up to the present.
For thousands of years, the study of Human Consciousness was done by philosophers. Once psychology was established separate from philosophy and biology, the study of the conscious experience was one of the first topics studied by psychologists. In psychology, Consciousness is confused with the conscience. Consciousness involves Awareness of yourself and the World, your conscience is related to your morality and sense of right or wrong.
Today, Consciousness is often viewed as an individual’s Awareness of their own internal states as well as the events going on around them. If you can describe something you are experiencing in words, then it is part of your Consciousness. Still, researchers continue to explore the different bases of Consciousness including the physical, social, cultural and psychological influences that contribute to our conscious Awareness.