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

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.

Hit the Snooze for Lucid Dreams?

By Michelle Carr on December 31, 2016 in Dream Factory
Lucid dreams are more likely to occur during lighter sleeps, like naps or after early morning awakenings, when the mind is more aroused and closer to waking.

3 Things Your Dreams May Reveal About You

By Vinita Mehta Ph.D., Ed.M. on December 31, 2016 in Head Games
Recent research shows how our psychology can be reflected in our dreams.

“I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams”

By Robyn Fivush Ph.D. on December 21, 2016 in The Stories of Our Lives
Christmas can be a difficult time for those who have served. Sharing their stories is a way to honor their sacrifice.

Dreaming in the Library of Babel

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Borges' story describes the plight of librarians seeking to understand an infinite library containing both gibberish and useful information.

How Dreams of Deceased Loved Ones Affect the Dreamers

By Preston Ni M.S.B.A. on December 04, 2016 in Communication Success
What common messages do visitation dreams convey?

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.
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Monsters

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in This Is America
Monsters, real and imagined, take shape from the interplay between the inherent fears of human nature and a specific historical context.

8 Ways to Trigger Lucid Dreaming

Ever wonder how you could induce a lucid dream? Here are 8 techniques supported by research.

Why Do We Dream We Are Flying?

The important difference between the function of dreams and the meaning of dreams.

The Technology of Dreaming in "Falling Water"

"Falling Water," new on the USA Network, goes further than any other television show in exploring the multiple dimensions of dreaming latent within the human mind.

Children's Dreams and Nightmares

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in Dream Catcher
Recurring nightmares in early childhood need to be treated as they may portend later behavioral problems

This Is What Really Matters When Choosing a Partner

You may have a list of characteristics of the partner of your dreams, but it probably doesn't include everything you need for a fulfilling relationship.

The Secret to Achieving Your Dreams No One Tells You About

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in Feeling It
You're more likely to achieve your dreams if you are happy, here's why.
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Why Pregnant Women Have Bizarre Bad Dreams

By Michelle Carr on October 13, 2016 in Dream Factory
Pregnant women report 2.5 times more bad dreams than non-pregnant women, and 80% of new mothers report their dreams to be particularly vivid and detailed during pregnancy.

10 Tips for Friendly Political Discussions

Although some of us like to “root for the underdogs,” most of us still want to be on the winning team. How do you discuss politics with friends who pull for the "other" team?

How Aging Affects Our Sleep

What can we do to sleep well?

People With Hearing Loss Have More Vivid Dreams

By Michelle Carr on September 30, 2016 in Dream Factory
It’s often thought that when one sensory modality is weakened, the other senses become more attuned to compensate. But does this sensitivity then translate into dreams?
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The Sleep Connectome

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Advanced imaging techniques and powerful analytic methods allow the creation of stunning maps of functional and anatomical brain connections. Can they help understand sleep?
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Secrets of Napping

By John Cline Ph.D. on September 27, 2016 in Sleepless in America
Naps can improve alertness and productivity without needing to use energy drinks to get through the day. Proper timing and correct duration are the secrets to successful napping.