Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14 (2):88-100 (2010)

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Giulio Tononi
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Abstract
Dreams are a remarkable experiment in psychology and neuroscience, conducted every night in every sleeping person. They show that the human brain, disconnected from the environment, can generate an entire world of conscious experiences by itself. Content analysis and developmental studies have promoted understanding of dream phenomenology. In parallel, brain lesion studies, functional imaging and neurophysiology have advanced current knowledge of the neural basis of dreaming. It is now possible to start integrating these two strands of research to address fundamental questions that dreams pose for cognitive neuroscience: how conscious experiences in sleep relate to underlying brain activity; why the dreamer is largely disconnected from the environment; and whether dreaming is more closely related to mental imagery or to perception.
Keywords sleep  dreaming  phenomenology  neurophysiology  neuroscience
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DOI 10.1016/j.tics.2009.12.001
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