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Akber Malik NYT #8 : A Dream Interpretation: Tuneups for the Brain While psychologists like Freud and Jung thought dreams were a window into the unconscious mind, or where primal themes are acted out, and some theories say dreams hold emotional memories and work through current problems, some have a new idea of what dreaming is. Dr. J. Allan Hobson of Harvard University believes that dreaming has nothing to do with the psychological, but rather the physiological. Dr. Hobson says that rapid-eye-movement, or REM, is simply the brain warming its circuits and “anticipating the sights and sounds and emotions of waking”. He argues that dreaming is a state that occurs parallel to waking, but is suppressed when awake. Some agree with Dr. Hobson on the basis that other theories make assumptions about psychological ideas and
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Unformatted text preview: make the dreams fit said ideas, while Hobson’s doesn’t. But Hobson’s argument is not the only physiological argument for dreams; Dr. Rodolfo Llinas of NYU says, “Dreaming is not a parallel state but it is consciousness itself, in the absence of input from the sense.” Although these scientists are arguing that dreams are a physiological phenomenon, none are saying dreams are devoid of meaning. But researchers at Carnegie Mellon found that people are extremely biased in interpretations of dreams. All that being said, new advances in neuroscience is allowing scientists and academics everywhere to more closely examine dreams and what they are, as well as things like narcolepsy, sleepwalking, even schizophrenia....
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