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Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

J. Allan Hobson

21 April 2005

ISBN: 9780192802156

176 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



What is dreaming and what causes it? Why are dreams so strange and often hard to remember? Modern science has given us a new and increasingly clear picture of how dreaming is created by the brain. This book introduces sleep laboratory science, the cellular and molecular mechanisms of sleep, and explores how the science of dreaming impacts our understanding of psychoanalysis and mental illness.

  • Looks at the new scientific facts about dreaming and possible answers to long-held questions about the activation, function, and interpretation of dreams
  • Relates the science of dreaming and sleep to their interpretation in history and in psychoanalysis
  • Investigates the relationships between dreaming, learning, memory, and consciousness
  • Explores how discoveries in the science of dreams have advanced our understanding of mental illness

About the Author(s)

J. Allan Hobson, Director of the Neurophysiology and Sleep Laboratory and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

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


"Fascinating." - Caroline Green, BBC Focus