What are dreams?

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What are dreams?

does anyone know what dreams are and how they form in the brain? What is the logic behind dejavu? I have been having a lot of actual dreams that have come close to exactly true except for slight modifications like certain descriptions of the area and the people around me...

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Reference: Ernest Hartmann's

Reference: Ernest Hartmann's theory-Contemporary Theory of Dreaming

Activation patterns are shifting and connections are being made and unmade constantly in our brains, forming the physical basis for our minds. There is a whole continuum in the making of connections that we subsequently experience as mental functioning. At one end of the continuum is focused waking activity, such as when we are doing an arithmetic problem or chasing down a fly ball in the outfield. Here our mental functioning is focused, linear and well-bounded. When we move from focused waking to looser waking thought--reverie, daydreaming and finally dreaming--mental activity becomes less focused, looser, more global and more imagistic. Dreaming is the far end of this continuum: the state in which we make connections most loosely.

Overall the contemporary theory considers dreaming to be a broad making of connections guided by emotion. According to this a possible (though certainly not proven) function of a dream is weaving of new material into the memory system in a way that both reduces emotional arousal and is adaptive in helping us cope with further trauma or stressful events.

Fraser Moss
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take a look at these links

take a look at these links


International Institute for Dream Research - http://www.dreamresearch.ca/

The international Journal of Dream Research - http://ijodr.org/index.php/IJoDR