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1: What is dreaming? 2: Why dream content analysis failed to become a science 3: How is the brain activated in sleep? 4: Cells and molecules of the dreaming brain 5: Why dream? The functions of brain activation in sleep 6: Disorders of dreaming 7: Dreaming as delirium: sleep and mental illness 8: The new neuropsychology of dreaming 9: Dreaming, learning and memory 10: Dream consciousness 11: The interpretation of dreams Conclusion

About the Author

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 psychiatry, with his most recent work focusing on the cognitive features and benefits of sleep. He is the author or co-author of many books, including: The Dreaming Brain (1988), Sleep (1995), Consciousness (1999), Dreaming as Delirium: How the brain goes out of its mind (1999), The Dream Drugstore (2001), and Out of its Mind: Psychiatry in Crisis (2001).


`Review from previous edition '...engaging new book...' ' Robert Matthews, The Sunday Telegraph `'A short introduction to the science of dreaming that examines succinctly questions about the function, activation and interpretation of dreams as well as investigating the relationships between dreaming, learning, memory and consciousness. And there are more than a few eye-openers as Hobson lays bare the secrets of a process that has both fascinated and mystified man for centuries.' ' Northern Echo `'for the excitement of science at the frontiers of consciousness theory and research, Allan Hobson's book is warmly recommended.'' Times Literary Supplement `'an enlightening book that will provide much food for thought in anyone who reads it.'' Good Book Guide `'a cool outline of modern knowledge about dreams'' New Scientist

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