ISBN : 9780192802156
What 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.
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