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

Why We Need Work

As much as we might like to inhabit another vision – perhaps lounging on the deck of our new home as we gaze at the ocean across an unpopulated beach – it would be our undoing. What work teaches, and what the Puritans emphasized, is the value of charting a trajectory for one’s life and of maintaining that trajectory.

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep... Annotated

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on August 02, 2015 in Just Listen
Now I lay me down to sleep, At the end of the day this is about not doing another thing before you fall asleep. It's about letting go of control with the hope that a good night's sleep will replenish your mind (with everything that the stresses of the day has taken away), will refresh it and enable you to "reboot" it to take on the next day playing with a

New Empirical Research on Dream Recall and Content

These new articles in the journal Dreaming show the importance of taking age, culture, and external threats into account when trying to understand the nature and functions of dreams in people’s lives.

Can You Visit the Deceased in Your Dreams?

By Michelle Carr on July 28, 2015 in Dream Factory
Evidence from anecdotal reports and cultural practices suggest that it is possible to interact with lost loved ones in the land of dreams, a "bardo" state of consciousness that is similar to death.

Algorithms of Dreaming: Google and the "Deep Dream" Project

Google has developed a computer program that spontaneously generates images with "dream-like" qualities. This new technology can help dream researchers by teasing out which specific features in dream vision are related to amplified versions of waking vision.

Fraudulent Draft Day Fantasies

The lights of the NHL shine bright on draft night and they can easily blind optimal motivation. Sometimes dreams can be so vivid and so emotionally sustaining they leave an individual neglecting to attend to important initiatives and hurdles during the journey.

Some Medications May Alter Childhood Brain Development

Medications that disrupt REM sleep may alter brain structure during critical phases of child development.

Developments in the Treatment of PTSD Nightmares, Part 2

Two weeks ago, I posted part 1 of my interview with Dr. Murray Raskind about his pioneering work in the field of PTSD and the treatment of nightmares. Here is the second half of our interview.

Developments in the Treatment of PTSD Nightmares, Part 1

"What Dreams May Come: Treating the Nightmares of PTSD" was a blog post I published in November 2013. It remains a very popular post, which continues to receive many views and comments. In light of this, on 5/22/2015 I interviewed Dr. Murray Raskind about his pioneering work in the field of PTSD and the treatment of nightmares.

What Do Dreams Mean?

Dreams have fascinated people from the beginning of time. People believe dreams foretell the future; that they have psychological meanings; we commune with sprits and the dead; that there are visitations from ancestors; dreams are filled with omens and auguries. They are steeped in mystery, as if written in some kind of secret code, decipherable to a special few.

Are You a Daydreamer or Do You Have ADHD?

When is it daydreaming, and when is it ADHD?

Aware During the Nightmare

By Michelle Carr on June 21, 2015 in Dream Factory
Lucid dreamers may unearth powerful unconscious fears or memories, turning their experience into a lucid nightmare. Techniques can help to confront and overcome these lucid nightmares.

AI vs AI with Humanity on the Sidelines

By Jay Richards Ph.D. on June 18, 2015 in The Violent Mind
Predictions of the future destructive malevolence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs have really heated up in this second half of 2015. But as daunting a prediction as that may be, in his new book Christoph Türcke argues that even more concerning is the severe damage that seemingly intelligent machines have already done.

12 Most Commonly Asked Questions About Dreams, Answered

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 14, 2015 in Dream Catcher
What is the current scientific consensus concerning dreams?

What Your Sexual Dreams Are Trying to Tell You

Sexual dreams, like other dreams, have layers of meaning. Some ideas about ways to decipher what your sexual dreams may be telling you.

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Observing the damaged brain for clues about dreaming

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
In recent years, a number of important scientific breakthroughs in understanding dreams have come from research involving neurological conditions.

Why We Hallucinate

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in A Sideways View
How are hallucinations different from illusions or delusions? What causes them? How do we explain them?

How to Direct Your Dreams

By Michelle Carr on May 28, 2015 in Dream Factory
We often feel that we don’t have any control over our dreams. But the truth is, we do. How we react to situations in waking life dictates how we behave in dreams, and in this way, we are responsible for creating our own dreams.

How Do Scientists Study Dreams?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on May 15, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
Through research that relies on dream reports, scientists have accumulated a rich body of information about the themes and emotions contained in dreams, and about dream narratives.

New Evidence on Dreams and Memory

The dream lag effect, wherein images from daily events appear in dreams 5-7 days later, appears to be restricted to personally significant events only.

Lucid Dreaming and the Future of Sports Training

The results of this study clearly showed that practice in lucid dreaming does have real performance benefits that are at least comparable to the benefits gained from other practice modes. Given the power of dreams to simulate reality with amazing intensity and accuracy, the possibilities for further development of this approach seem wide open.

12 Ways Eye Movements Give Away Your Secrets

Eye movements unconsciously give away your secret personal information.

The Best Way To Handle Children’s Nightmares

An automatic response for many parents after their child has a nightmare is, “It’s not real, so you don’t need to feel scared.” The problem is, while the bad dream isn’t real, the emotions that the child is experiencing are intensely real and can’t be ignored.

6 Ways That Tonight's Dreams Could Change Your Life

Can we benefit from thinking about our dreams? Will attending to our dreams waste our time or, even worse, mislead us into inferences of false meaning?

Make Mental Training a Priority in Your Sport

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in The Power of Prime
I work with many athletes each year, from juniors with big dreams to pros and Olympians who are realizing their dreams. What is abundantly clear to me is that, once the foundation of fitness, technique, tactics, and equipment are established, it is the mind that separates athletes who achieve their goals from those who don’t.

Mapping Altered States of Consciousness

Lucid dreaming seems far closer to waking than to deep sleep but what does this mean? Could we ever map states of consciousness and understand the relationships between them?

6 Magic Questions to Unlock the Meaning of Your Dreams

Drop the dream dictionary and look within to understand the messages being shared by your dreams.

You're Awake but You Can't Move

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in Sleep Newzzz
If you experience sleep paralysis, don't panic, because it's a temporary and harmless condition that will soon pass.

Breakup: How to Tell If You Suffer from Complicated Grief

Sometimes it is impossible to let go of grief. When you continue to grieve a loss, your condition is called complicated grief. Complicated grief is so severe that psychiatrists now consider it for inclusion in the psychiatric manual for diagnosing mental disorders. Here is how to tell if you suffer from complicated grief.