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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse What Are Dreams? for a good
introduction to the subject of dreams as well as to the course
Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders
under our Psychology Courses section.

What Are Dreams?
Inside the Sleeping Brain

What Are Dreams? (2010) - 60 minutes
What Are Dreams? at Amazon.com

What are dreams and why do we have them? NOVA joins the leading dream researchers as they embark on a variety of neurological and psychological experiments to investigate the world of sleep and dreams. Delving deep into the thoughts and brains of a variety of dreamers, scientists are asking important questions about the purpose of this mysterious world we escape to at night. Do dreams allow us to get a good night's sleep? Do they improve our memory? Do they allow us to be more creative? Can they solve our problems or even help us survive the hazards of everyday life? NOVA follows researchers like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Matthew Wilson who is literally eavesdropping on the dreams of rats and takes viewers into a sleep lab for a first-hand look at how scientists do their best to eavesdrop on human dreams. From those who violently act out their dreams to those who can't stop their nightmares, from sleepwalking cats to people who can't dream, each fascinating experiment contains a vital clue to the age-old question: What are dreams?

8-16-18 A drug’s weird side effect lets people control their dreams
Researchers have developed the most effective technique for lucid dreaming yet, and it may allow people to fulfil fantasies and overcome nightmares and phobias. Have you ever wanted to fly? A drug that helps people control their dreams could let you try it from the comfort of your own bed. A small number of people naturally have lucid dreams, meaning they can recognise when they’re dreaming and steer the storyline they experience. Some others can learn to induce them using cognitive techniques. The practice is most commonly used to pursue fantasies like flying, but it may also help to overcome fears and nightmares, says Benjamin Baird at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, its therapeutic potential has been limited by the fact that it’s often hard to achieve. Now, Baird and his colleagues have developed the most effective method yet for promoting lucid dreams, by combining cognitive training with a drug called galantamine that is typically used to slow Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers taught 121 adults aged 19 to 75 a cognitive technique for stimulating lucid dreams called mnemonic induction of lucid dreams. It involves picking a feature of a previous dream called a “dreamsign” that can serve as a reminder to become lucid when encountered again. After learning this technique, the volunteers were given capsules of galantamine, a treatment for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. This drug boosts the brain chemical acetylcholine, which boosts memory, but also promotes rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the phase in which dreams are most common. “Just as it might remind you to pick up milk on your way home, it might remind you to become lucid when you see your dreamsign,” says Baird.

10-22-16 What do our dreams mean?
What do our dreams mean?
The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. "An eagle seizes a lamb from the sheepfold," a translation reads. "A falcon catches a sparrow on the reed fence … The cup lies on its side; Dumuzi lives no more. The sheepfold is given to the winds." The king was freaked out about his dream, and occasioned the first recorded dream interpretation, care of his sister, who was evidently a professional at these things. Sister's advice: Some bad sh-t is about to go down, so you'd do well to hide. If you've ever been befuddled by a dream, take heart: You're following a 4,000-year tradition of confusion. Over that time, humanity — in the form of religion, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience — has actually come to somewhat understand what exactly the mind is doing in its slumbering states. To that end, here are five of the leading theories for what dreams are and what they do to us:

  • Dreams are pragmatic prophecies.
  • Dreams tell you what to do.
  • Dreams are communications from the unconscious mind.
  • Dreams are data.
  • Dreams are your memories in action.

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What Are Dreams?
Inside the Sleeping Brain

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse What Are Dreams? for a good
introduction to the subject of dreams as well as to the course
Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders
under our Psychology Courses section.