Dreams and Narrative

Why are dreams like stories? Because they are made to be interpreted.

Music and Dreams: The Case of the Beatles

Why are some forms of music relatively rare in dreams? Dreams screen out redundant and parasitic forms of information but will process musical phrases that violate expectancies

Why Some of Your Dreams Have Sequels

Dreams may have a life of their own if they can store dream specific memories over time.

Dreams as Virtual Reality Simulations

Recent data on brain activation patterns in REM support the idea that dreaming involves production of vary complex mental simulations...but to what purpose?

Dreams More Accurately Track Thought and Emotion Than Waking

Network, graph, and content analyses of dreams consistently demonstrate more accurate information on emotions and thought in dreams than in waking reports.

The Continuity Hypothesis of Dreams: A More Balanced Account

The continuity hypothesis of dreams has strong empirical support and its supporters are now studying those lements of dreams that are apparently discontinous with waking life

Dreams and the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics

If the many worlds interpretation of quantum phenomena is correct, it may carry implications for the nature of dreaming

The Mystery of REM-related Penile Erections

Why do men and boys display "morning wood"? It occurs in tandem with REM during the night and may signal genetic fitness.

The Promise and Perils of Lucid Dreams

Lucid dreaming may teach us about consciousness and help control nightmares but they may also incur sleep debt

Can Our Dreams Solve Problems While We Sleep?

People can intentionally dream about the problems of a target individual they do not know.

A Significant Advance in the Theory of REM Sleep and Dreams

New models of dreams puts the play of emotions, novelty-seeking and value apprehension at the center of the dreaming process.

Dreams and Memory

A new theory of the role of dreams in memory processing may help to solve the longstanding mystery concerning dreaming's myriad functional roles.

Sleep, Dreams and Dissociation

Dissociative symptoms like memory lapses, out of body experiences, and identity confusion, can be due to sleep fragmentation but the good news is that there are effective treatments.

Religiosity and Dream Recall

Who do women who frequently attend religious services no longer recall their dreams? The answer may tell us something about the function of dreams.

A Plea For Collaboration Among Online Sleep and Dream Orgs

Online sleep and dream communities are beginning to build vast collections of dreams and related sleep data. These communities should establish baseline data formatting conventions to make future collaborative efforts possible and fruitful.

The Folly of Dream Interpretation

In the ancient world soothsayers preyed upon the innocent and gullible offering them arcane dream interpretations and "healing" metaphors for their dreams. Modern "experts" are little better in this regard.

The Coming Revolution in Dream Research

Imagine a website or portal where millions or hundreds of millions of people share and work with their dreams

REM and NREM Dream Content

We dream in both REM sleep and NREM sleep and the differences in content of these 2 dream types may hold clues as to the function of dreams.

Dreaming, randomness and decision making

Drawing lots excludes bad reasons by excluding all reasons in a decision making process. So might dreams.

The Neural Code and Dreaming

Advances in machine learning has allowed scientists to build a machine that can learn pairings of neural signatures and sleep images. These machines can now predict dream content based on brain scans obtained during sleep.

Dual Process Theories of Mind and Dreams

Are dreams a product of System 1 information processing structures?

REM Sleep and Suicidal Ideation

REM suppression can temporarily eliminate suicidal thoughts...why is that?

The Fatal Lure of the Continuity Hypothesis

Dreams do not merely reflect our everyday experiences. Instead they produce a unique species of cognition, vital for our lives.

Brain State Transitions and Dreams

Transitions between one sleep state and another produce amazing, sometimes frightening dream content but it is these dreams that are most fascinating for dream researchers.

A New Theory of Dreaming by Hobson and Friston

The dream contributes to developing a virtual reality model of the world.

Dream Apps

Smartphone apps can collect data on dreams from tends of thousands of people and can alter dream content in positive ways

The Romance of Dreams

Ever since Freud people have suspected that dreams are about sex and romance. Now there is good data to suggest that Freud was on to something.

A New Twist on the Genetics of Sleep

In the current issue of PLOS Genetics there is an fascinating paper on the role of the Gnas gene in regulation of REM and NREM sleep.