All About Dreaming

Why we dream is still one of the behavioral sciences' greatest unanswered questions. Researchers have offered many theories—memory consolidation, emotional regulation, threat simulation—but a unified one remains, well, a pipe dream. Nevertheless, people continue mining their nighttime reveries for clues to their inner lives, for creative insight, and even for premonitions.

Recent posts on Dreaming

Life of Agony Never Stopped Dreaming

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“The most fond memories I have from the old days are of Joey and I sitting at his mom’s kitchen table in the middle of the night, eating pasta, drawing on a notebook our stage plan

Is Your Life Coaching Career a Dream or a Goal?

By John Kim, LMFT on April 24, 2017 in The Angry Therapist
I believe anyone can be a life coach. All you need is a passion to help others and a story. You have both. The rest is logistics.

Virtual Reality as a Mirror of Depersonalization

By Elena Bezzubova on April 23, 2017 in The Search for Self
Negative mirroring between cyber-generated virtual reality and the psyche-generated virtual unreality, or depersonalization, opens the way to the quest for consciousness and self.

The Dreams of a Religious Cult Member

What can a thirty-year long dream journal reveal about the life of an ex-member of a religious cult?

Imprinting and the Epigenetics of the Brain and Sleep

One of the best-understood epigenetic mechanisms—genomic imprinting—explains much about both sleep and the brain.
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Can Paying Attention to Dreams Increase Creativity?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Creativity for You
Do you reflect on your dreams when you wake up in the morning? Would it help you to think more creatively if you did?
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Are We Dreaming All the Time?

Is dreaming truly different from wakefulness?

The Neural Correlates of Dreaming

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Dreaming can occur in all sleep states and is associated with a particular brain region.
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Restorative Sleep Is Vital to Brain Health

Restorative sleep is vital to a healthy brain. But what if you can't sleep?
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Sleep and the Amazing Shrinking Synapse

By John Cline Ph.D. on March 30, 2017 in Sleepless in America
Forgetting may be as important as remembering. New research indicates that brain changes during sleep facilitate forgetting useless information.

The Making of Microdreams

By Michelle Carr on March 25, 2017 in Dream Factory
Tore Nielsen, author of the recent paper ‘Microdream neurophenomenology’ deconstructs the process by which Microdreams are formed.
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New Study Identifies "Microdreams"

By Michelle Carr on March 25, 2017 in Dream Factory
An exciting new paper published in Neuroscience of Consciousness zooms in on a new avenue for dream research: the Microdream.
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What Is Consciousness?

What would it take to make a robot experience a dream?

Attending to the Unconscious in a Psychotherapy Session

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on March 15, 2017 in Full Living
Lots of folks can offer counsel to our clients. Our job is to help them access clues from their unconscious about the turmoils of their soul.

The Serenity Prayer and 16 Variations

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
The Serenity Prayer is extraordinary moral guidance, not some unworkable "always do X" rule, but a way to frame up a fundamental judgment call we all have to make over and over.

The Study of a 32-Year Long Dream Journal

This long series of dreams offers an amazing opportunity to observe the emotional contours of a woman's life as she makes her way through a challenging and often dangerous world.

Dream Interpretation

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Dream Catcher
This simple four-step decoding scheme can unlock the basic meaning elements in any dream.

Don't Let Them Kill Your Dreams

By Mridu Khullar Relph on February 27, 2017 in Culturally Incorrect
Why does everyone try to dissuade you from expressing your true desires? Here's how to keep those negative voices out of your head and truly go after your big goals and desires

Deep Memories of Insects

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in The Infested Mind
What creatures infest the dark recesses of the mind?

4 Keys to Increase Your Happiness As You Get Older

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on February 01, 2017 in Mindful Anger
The road to happiness often requires curiosity, openness, and flexibility. But, remember, you're not over the hill; you're at the top of the mountain.

Harriet Tubman An Acquired Savant, Says Rain Man's Doctor

By Maureen Seaberg on February 01, 2017 in Sensorium
It's time to reconsider the profound perceptual abilities of one of our nation's greatest heroines.

Practicing Darts in Lucid Dreams Improves Performance

By Michelle Carr on January 31, 2017 in Dream Factory
Practicing motor tasks in lucid dreams may help to improve performance, although only, if you are able to focus on the task in your dream.

Neil Gaiman and Process Philosophy

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Boundless
Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods provides a diversion, but possibly also some insight, into this fractious and upsetting time.

Virtual Reality and Dream Research

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Virtual reality environments may be used to influence dream content patterns

The Dreams from Obama's America

By Dinesh Sharma Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Leaders in the Making
Dreams from the Obama legacy and the past eight years.

New Beginnings

To change your life: you have to make a commitment to do so understand the ripple effect it has on others, seek support from others, and believe in yourself.
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Dreaming Is Play: A New Theory of Dream Psychology

The best way to understand the psychological power of dreaming is to recognize it as a kind of play that promotes the flexibility and adaptive creativity of the human mind.

EMDR and the Sleep Connection

By John Cline Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Growing evidence indicates that EMDR is effective in treating PTSD. Could it be that it works by activating brain systems similar to those active in REM sleep?
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Dreaming Linked to Bursts of Brain Activity During Sleep

By Michelle Carr on December 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
A new study finds a link between dream recall and short bursts of brain activity occurring during sleep; both may reflect a 'memory replay' function of sleep.