Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction
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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Dreams as a function of brain activity during sleep is the central thesis of this short sharp intro to the subject. An informative & good humoured, if pleasently dull work. Read full review
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Chapter 1What is dreaming?
Chapter 2Why did the analysis of dream content fail to become a science?
Chapter 3How is the brain activated in sleep?
Chapter 4Cells and molecules of the dreaming brain
Chapter 5Why dream? The functions of brain activation in sleep
Chapter 6Disorders of dreaming
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