Stage of Sleep and Dreams - Two Common Theories s The first...

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Stage of Sleep and Dreams Stages of Sleep Stage one is a light sleep. This is where a person drifts n and out of sleep. This stage the eyes move slowly and the muscle activity slows down. In stage two, eye movement stops and brainwaves slow. Stage three is where the brain waves (delta waves) are interspersed with smaller, faster waves. In stage four, the brain produces delta waves exclusively. Stage three and four are considered the deep sleep stage. The last stage is the REM period. The REM period is the time where most dreams occur. Five Common Beliefs The first common belief is that many people think that external stimuli can become integrated into dreams (Pinel, 2007). The second belief is the some individual’s believe that drams last only an instant (Pinel, 2007). The third belief claims that some people do not dream (Pinel, 2007). The fourth belief is that erections are a common indicator of dreams with sexual content and the fifth is the sleep talking and sleepwalking occurs during dreams (Pinel, 2007).
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Unformatted text preview: Two Common Theories s The first common theory about dreams is Freuds theory. This theory consisted of two types of contentsmanifest and latent. Manifest was a mask of the unconscious issue. The latent content consisted of wishes and fantasies. The second theory (activation-synthesis theory) states that dreams are a random event caused by firing of neurons in the brain. This random firing sends signals to the body's motor systems. Additionally, the firing synthesizes a narrative by drawing on memory systems in an attempt to make sense of what it has experienced. In so much that these theories are common, tend to believe that dreams are a mixture of both theories. I believe that dreams draw on our memory and take those memoires into a virtual reality of wishes and fantasies. References Pinel, J. P. J. (2007). Basics of biopsychology . Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon...
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2010 for the course PSY/240 PSY/220 taught by Professor Axiacollege during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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