The Mind at Night: The New Science of how and why We Dream

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Basic Books, 2004 - Psychology - 224 pages
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Over the past few decades, there has been a revolution in scientific knowledge about why we dream, what's actually happening to the brain when we do, and what the sleeping mind reveals about our waking hours. Beginning with the birth of dream research in the 1950s, award-winning science reporter Andrea Rock traces the brief but fascinating history of this emerging scientific field. She then takes us into modern sleep labs across the country, bringing the scientists to life as she interprets their intellectual breakthroughs and asks the questions that intrigue us all: Why do we remember only a fraction of our dreams? Why are dreams usually accompanied by intense emotion, such as fear or anxiety? Can we really control our dreams without waking up? Are universal dream interpretations valid? Is dreaming our way of consolidating long-term memories and filtering the day's mental detritus? Can dreams truly spark creative thought or help solve problems? Accessible and engaging, The Mind at Night shines a bright light on our nocturnal journeys, while revealing the crucial role dreams could play in penetrating the mystery of consciousness.
 

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The scientific lowdown on post-Freudian theories of dreams and dreaming.Science journalist Rock begins with Eugene Aserinsky's discovery in the early 1950s that REM (rapid eye motion) sleep is ... Read full review

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Good overview of the whole thing. Oppossums, seven hours of REM sleep average ! Awesome oppossum ! Read full review

Contents

Preface
vii
Rockettes EEGs and Banana Cream Pie
1
The AntiFreud
17
Experiments of Nature
41
The Lesson of the Spiny Anteater
61
Rerunning the Maze
77
Nocturnal Therapy
101
The Ultimate Spin Doctor
121
Creative Chaos
135
Altered States
149
Consciousness and Beyond
173
Epilogue
187
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Andrea Rock is the recipient of many awards, including the National Magazine Award, the prestigious Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Henry Luce citation for outstanding reporting, and the American Academy of Family Physicians Award for outstanding reporting. She lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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