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Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction by J. Allan HobsonWhat is dreaming, and what causes it? Why are dreams so strange and why are they so hard to remember? Replacing dream mystique with modern dream science, J. Allan Hobson provides a new and increasingly complete picture of how dreaming is created by the brain. Focusing on dreaming to explain the mechanisms of sleep, this book explores how the new science of dreaming is affecting theories in psychoanalysis, and how it is helping our understanding of the causes of mental illness.
J. Allan Hobson investigates his own dreams to illustrate and explain some of the fascinating discoveries of modern sleep science, while challenging some of the traditionally accepted theories about the meaning of dreams. He reveals how dreaming maintains and develops the mind, why we go crazy in our dreams in order to avoid doing so when we are awake, and why sleep is not just good for health but essential for life.
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Dreaming is most usefully defined and measured through perceptual, cognitive, and emotional qualities: its formal features rather than its content. Data reports show selective activation of brain circuits underlying emotion and related percepts in rapid eye movement REM sleep. Meanwhile, selective inactivation of brain circuits and chemicals explain the cardinal cognitive features of dreaming: loss of awareness of self self-reflective awareness ; loss of orientational stability; loss of directed thought; reduction in logical reasoning; and, last but not least, poor memory both within and after the dream.
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