Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction by J. Allan Hobson

Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction

byJ. Allan Hobson

Paperback | August 29, 2005

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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 explainthe 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 inour dreams in order to avoid doing so when we are awake, and why sleep is not just good for health but essential for life.

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J. Allan Hobson is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Sleep Research Society in 1988. His major research interests are the neurophysiological basis of the mind and behaviour; sleep and dreaming; and the history of neurology and ps...
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Title:Dreaming: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.45 inPublished:August 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802151

ISBN - 13:9780192802156

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Table of Contents

1. What is dreaming?2. Why dream content analysis failed to become a science3. How is the brain activated in sleep?4. Cells and molecules of the dreaming brain5. Why dream? The functions of brain activation in sleep6. Disorders of dreaming7. Dreaming as delirium: sleep and mental illness8. The new neuropsychology of dreaming9. Dreaming, learning and memory10. Dream consciousness11. The interpretation of dreamsConclusion

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`'a cool outline of modern knowledge about dreams''New Scientist