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The neuroscience of our night life
Patrick McNamara Ph.D.
5HT2A may be responsible for both your dreams and your social success.
Although recurrent nightmares are likely to be prevalent among African Americans, there are few or no studies of nightmares in this population.
Sensory processing during REM may partially explain why we accept dream events as real.
No good arguments have yet been produced to demonstrate that dreams are less real than waking perceptions.
Each night key structures of the social brain are deactivated during NREM and then reactivated during REM. Why?
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.
Non-optimal sleep durations carry a differential cost for males because too little or too much sleep is associated with defective sperm quality and shorter telomere lengths.
Big data initiatives in sleep and dreams will revolutionize sleep and dream research.
Dreaming can occur in all sleep states and is associated with a particular brain region.
This simple four-step decoding scheme can unlock the basic meaning elements in any dream.
Virtual reality environments may be used to influence dream content patterns
Borges' story describes the plight of librarians seeking to understand an infinite library containing both gibberish and useful information.
Recurring nightmares in early childhood need to be treated as they may portend later behavioral problems
Unearthing buried treasure in your dream may predict a period of creativity in your life
Non-self dream characters are not simple expressions of a sub-personality of the dreamer.
We have no good scientific explanations for shared dreams. Perhaps that is why science has not yet investigated these events.
Arianna Huffington's new book "The sleep revolution" effectively lays out the public health consequences of sleep loss and then points to a way forward to address this crisis
Do dreams leave us paralyzed during REM sleep?
Dreams may decompose autobiographical elements and then recombine them in creative ways to create our long term memories.
Dopamine is central to motivation and reward and may be central to dreams as well.
Windt expertly and systematically reviews the latest research on the nature of dreams.
Although some people swear that they have never dreamed new data suggests that they may be mistaken.
Mental content of dreams can sometimes perfectly coincide with mental content of overt behavioral acts and that fact can raise thorny legal and philosophical issues.
REM has been shown to be genetically determined and important for emotional memory.
in order to understand functions of sleep we need to study the ways in which it develops in the child
What is the current scientific consensus concerning dreams?
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.
Why are dreams like stories? Because they are made to be interpreted.
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
Dreams may have a life of their own if they can store dream specific memories over time.
Patrick McNamara, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and the author of numerous books and articles on the science of dreams.
This blogs reviews and comments on the latest findings in dream research.