The Functions of Dreaming

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Psychology - 610 pages
Many contemporary neuroscientists are skeptical about the belief that dreaming accomplishes anything in the context of human adaptation and this skepticism is widely accepted in the popular press. This book provides answers to that skepticism from experimental and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and anthropologists. Ranging across the human and life sciences, the authors provide provocative insights into the enduring question of dreaming from the point of view of the brain, the individual, and culture. The Functions of Dreaming contains both new theory and research on the functions of dreaming as well as revisions of older theories dating back to the founder of modern dream psychology, Sigmund Freud. Also explored are the many roles dreaming plays in adaptation to daily living, in human development, and in the context of different cultures: search, integration, identity formation, memory consolidation, the creation of new knowledge, and social communication.
 

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Contents

lData Constraints on Theorizing About Dream Function
11
Connectionism and Sleep GordonG Globus
119
Waking Dreaming and SelfRegulation Sheila Purcell
197
REM Sleep and Dreams as Mechanisms of the Recovery
261
A Possible
293
David Koulack
321
Some Recent Findings
341
Contributions
363
The Impact of Dreams on Waking Thoughts
419
Some Psychological Functions
477
Pity the Bones by Wandering River which Still
489
Could We Do Without It? John Antrobus
549
Index
559
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Alan Moffitt and Robert Hoffmann are Professors of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and are co-directors of the Laboratory of Sleep and Chronopsychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

Milton Kramer is Director of Sleep Disorders at Bethesda Oak Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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