In Search of Dreams: Results of Experimental Dream Research
A scientifically sound and thoroughly comprehensible account of what laboratory study has revealed about dreams and dreaming.
This book presents an overview of the methods and results of laboratory dream research: the collection of dreams under various conditions; different methods of dream evaluation; physiological and psychological factors of dream recall; memory sources of dreams; and dreams in different sleep stages.
The main focus is to describe the phenomenology of dreams. What are the common features of dreaming with regard to images, thoughts, and emotions? Where does the dream take place and who enters the dream "theatre"? In what kinds of scenarios do dreamers find themselves?
The authors' evidence is based on dreams collected in their sleep laboratory. Results of analysis of 500 REM dreams are discussed with reference to sex differences, children's dreams, and waking antasies.
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An Approach to the Subject of Dreams
What Features Make Dreams Particularly Interesting?
Defining a Dream
Avenues to the Dream
Historical Development of Dream Research
Methods of Dream Sampling
Collecting Spontaneously Remembered Dreams
Eliciting Dreams by Awakening
The Bizarre in Dreams
The Content of Dreams
The Role of the Dreamer
Dreams in Different Sleep Stages
Similarities and Differences
Dreams Collected in the Laboratory
Experimental Impact on Dreams
Methods of Dream Evaluation
Evaluating Formal Dream Characteristics
Determining Content and Qualitative Dream Attributes
Reliability of Dream Evaluation
Physiological Elements of Dream Recall
Psychological Elements of Dream Memory
Qualities of Dream Memory
Complexity of Dream Memory
The Language of Dreams
Thinking in Dreams
Emotions in Dreams
Sources of Dreams
Temporal References in Dreams
Impact of PreSleep Experiences on the Dream
Stimulus Incorporation into Dreams
Dreamers and their Worlds
Female and Male Dreams
Dreams and Waking A Continuity
Waking Fantasies and Dreams
In Search of Dreams A Summing Up
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