Dreaming

Dreaming : An Introduction to the Science of Sleep

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What is dreaming? What causes dreaming? Why are dreams so strange and why are they so hard to remember? Modern science has given us a new and increasingly clear and complete picture of how dreaming is created by the brain. This picture is important not only for understanding dreaming itself, but also for a science of consciousness and of mental health and illness. This book focuses on dreaming to introduce the reader to sleep laboratory science and to the cellular and molecular mechanisms of sleep. It shows how the new science of dreaming affects theories in psychoanalysis, and how it helps to understand the basis of mental illness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 14mm | 240.4g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 25 b&w illustrations
  • 0192804820
  • 9780192804822

Table of contents

1. What is dreaming?; 2. Why dream content analysis failed to become a science; 3. How is the brain activated in sleep?; 4. Cells and molecules of the dreaming brain; 5. Why dream? The functions of brain activation in sleep; 6. Disorders of dreaming; 7. Dreaming as delirium: sleep and mental illness; 8. The new neuropsychology of dreaming; 9. Dreaming, learning, and memory; 10. Dream consciousness; 11. The interpretation of dreams; Conclusion
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"A cool outline of modern knowledge about dreams...and an explanation of what is really happening in our brains when we dream." "A cool outline of modern knowledge about dreams...and an explanation of what is really happening in our brains when we dream.... Throughout he uses his own dreams, recorded over many years, as examples while showing how the science of sleep has evolved over the past 50 years. Along the way, Freud takes a battering."--New Scientist "A cool outline of modern knowledge about dreams...and an explanation of what is really happening in our brains when we dream.... Throughout he uses his own dreams, recorded over many years, as examples while showing how the science of sleep has evolved over the past 50 years. Along the way, Freud takes a battering."--New Scientist "A cool outline of modern knowledge about dreams...and an explanation of what is really happening in our brains when we dream.... Throughout he uses his own dreams, recorded over many years, as examples while showing how the science of sleep has evolved over the past 50 years. Along the way, Freud takes a battering."--New Scientist "A cool outline of modern knowledge about dreams...and an explanation of what is really happening in our brains when we dream.... Throughout he uses his own dreams, recorded over many years, as examples while showing how the science of sleep has evolved over the past 50 years. Along the way, Freudtakes a battering."--New Scientist
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About J. Allan Hobson

J. Allan Hobson is Director of the Neurophysiology and Sleep Laboratory and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Widely considered the world's leading expert on sleep research, he is the author of The Dreaming Brain, The Chemistry of Conscious States, Sleep, Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its Mind, and Consciousness.
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