Specific Hibernation (SH) requires a pragmatic violation of the standard lexical meaning of the word "hibernation". However, this violation can be justified because it contributes a explanatory logic that is far more in-dEPTh than the fact that "hibernation" contributes an H whereby to form a deservedly (and 'distinKtly') allusive acronym from the expressions: "SH imploring threats" and "SHI type" perils (or 'ditto' predicaments or ordeals).
Specific Hibernation (SH) refers specifically to presynaptic and/or postsynaptic inhibition that maintains an absence of firing or a sufficiently low frequency of firing, matched by a correspondingly muted metabolism, in the postsynaptic neurons and in farther downstream neural constituents of an actention module reqruited by and specific to a by the sensory part of the module detected and registered (but by the SH-function prevented from becoming a "paid distress-type actention to) Specific (and, by ÆPT definition, circumstantial) Hibernation imploring threat.
Hence it is ÆPT to conclude that SH selectively switches off consciousnessT. Or, in other words, that SHI threats prompt, and that the respective conditioned-in largely chronic aftermath of such threats (i.e. CURSES) maintain, a corresponding "selective unconsciousness".
[SH does so as explained by the simple and crudely schematic ÆPT definition of consciousnessT. That is, every different kind or content of consciousnessT is produced by neural metabolism dependent firing activity of sensory and non-sensory RAT-neurons complemented, refined and regulated by firing of specific (S-)type sensory neurons packaged (in/by our phylogeny) into a variety of different and in many cases mutually incompatible and via means of mutual inhibition competing actention modules.]
The word "hibernation" also has a didactive, comparison encouraging, role to play as a reference to the generally (as opposed to specifically) muted metabolism that characterises all seasonally dormant animals — whether they be hibernating or aestivating.
Seasonal dormancy, specifically hibernation or aestivation, is a response to a seasonally/regularly frozen over or hot and dry habitat that involves preparing for and entering into a metabolically muted state that largely precludes behaviors and "actentions" (≅consciousnessT).
However, the primary ÆPT meaning of Specific Hibernation (SH) is a synaptic relay-blocking function (synaptic inhibition) that achieves a state wherein the directly affected postsynaptic neuron and neurons located farther downstream are kept 'quiet' and their metabolism correspondingly muted.
When individuals of some animal species (or subspecies) instinctively prepare for and enter into a seasonally dormant (metabolically muted) state the result is a correspondingly timed period of largely "cancelled consciousnessT" ≅ "absence of focused/paid actentions".
In contrast, when animals (e.g. we humans) cope by way of Specific Hibernation (SH) with a "threat of SH imploring type" it is mainly the ability to pay distress-type actention to this particular threat that is removed (by the SH type response).
Conversely, animals who survive and keep on coping with the automatically conditioned-in aftermath of a SHI threat can carry on trying to meet environmental (circumstantial) challenges of Opportunity type;
In other words, when we cope with a CURSES (incurred from or caused by a SH imploring threat) we remain relatively free to try to take (or to exploit) various kinds of available (environmentally present) types of opportunities (more or less directly procreation promoting such).
[Apropos which, a CURSES, the primarily insidious "post-traumatic" (post-SHIT) aftermath of any genuine SHI type challenge, is a kind "implicit memory".]
'SH can be a very precisely localised 'synaptic relay-refusing' function; One that keeps the post-synaptic portion of an in the past or currently 'SHIT-engaged' actention module from receiving neural messages generated by the presynaptic (sensory) portion of the same actention module.
The "presynaptic portion" of an actention module phylogenetically and ontogenetically specialised to manifest a distress-type actention, is what can come to constitute the by SH more or less sequestered excitatory core of a CURSES.
If a SH-maintaining function (or combination of such functions) brakes down really badly the result would in most (but not all) lifetime circumstances manifest as anything from some kind of maladaptive distress-type actention, a suicide, or some symptom deserving of being labeled psychotic. A lesser leakage of SHIT or CURSES specific excitatory neural messages would manifest as a more or less socially accepted or approved of "EAVASIVEness"