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Unformatted text preview: dreaming is conscious awareness during sleep that primarily occurs during rapid eye movement (Psychology, an Introduction, Lahey). This to me means that there needs to be some long term memory involved in order to dream. When I dream, I usually recount past events and memories. These are often twisted into a newer action or event, but always involve past memories. Long term memory is the third stage of memory, involving the storage of information that is kept for long periods of time. This defines why long term memory is essential for future decision making. Without this, people would have to record past events almost like recording memories in a journal. Common sense would never develop, due to not being able to remember what was smart or not. Without long term memory, everyday life and the world as we know it would never be the same....
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- Fall '06