Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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The neuroscience of our night life
Patrick McNamara Ph.D.
The evolution of human sleep was shaped by a trend toward reduced aggressivity and an increase in pro-sociality.
The records of history are replete with people who were given their life's purpose in a dream.
REM dreaming is key to understanding the simulation hypothesis.
The power of sleep manifest when sleeping socially.
Consistent sleep schedules are key for optimal cognitive performance.
Terror Management Theory (TMT) is supported by a rich body of experimental evidence. REM sleep and dreams may be crucial tools in building defenses against death anxiety.
Many patients with sleep paralysis consistently report one type of hallucination: "the intruder." But perhaps these are not hallucinations at all.
It is difficult to verbalize intense feelings about COVID fears so children may use their dreams to express such feelings.
Dream researchers have, in the past, studied "sentinel dreams" that can sometimes signal illness in otherwise asymptomatic people.
In the battle against the coronovirus, in addition to social distancing and handwashing, get some sleep.
The Surrealists did far more than simply attempt to paint their own dreams.
Encouraging healthy sleep patterns in your workforce makes for happier workers and a healthier bottom line.
What are the interesting questions concerning dreams that foretell the future?
We need to search out unusual dream experiences if we wish to understand the function of dreaming.
The dream within a dream may be a hybrid sleep-wake state of consciousness.
Despite the burden of living with a chronic neurological disease, people with narcolepsy—who experience more frequent dreaming—are more creative than controls.
Machines are now learning how to dream.
Most people with nightmares are not aware that there are effective therapies available for them.
In hospice patients, an increased number of dreams about deceased loved ones significantly predicts death.
“Déjà-rêvé” (“already dreamed”) experiences can be elicited with electrical brain stimulation deep to right-sided medial temporal lobes.
What fueled the extraordinary evolutionary expansion in human brain capacity and intelligence?
If you dream about something that you had been studying, you are more likely to learn that material well.
We used to think that language caused handedness, but REM sleep may be involved as well.
Being tired is different from being apathetic, and sleep deprivation can induce both.
The deceased appear alive again in so-called "visitation dreams."
Dreamwork in therapy allows a reticent client to explore core issues in therapy.
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.
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.