Chapman_Israel PSYCH101 Research Paper

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PSYCH101 Research Paper 1 Dream Theory: Relation to Memory and Emotion Dream Theory: Relationship to Memory and Emotion Israel M. Chapman American Public University PSYCH101 Research Paper July 10, 2011
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PSYCH101 Research Paper 2 Abstract Many of the founding fathers of Psychology felt that dreams played a large role in the way the mind functions and influences our emotional well being. Dreams could display fears, anxiety or anticipation of what our subconscious is feeling. It is also theorized that dreams could be a large factor of memory processing. Based on a study of dream content and lag time at Boston University School of Medicine; dreams appear to show some correlation with events, objects, emotions and memories (Kookoolis 2010) but showed a lag in which the elements were present by a few days time. It does appear that dreams do play a large role in our body’s way of processing the events and such that occur in life even if there is a lag present.
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PSYCH101 Research Paper 3 Dream Theory: Relationship to Memory and Emotion The idea that what occurs during our daytime life having relation to what is often portrayed through our dream time was first brought about by Sigmund Freud. He referred to the recollection of memory during sleep as ‘day-residue’ and felt that there was a strong relationship between the events of the day and what we dreamed about at night. Although at the time there was no consistent research to support his hypothesis he continued to analyze occurrences between life and dream with confidence that the relationship was present. (Nielson, Stenstrom 2005) Over recent years the relationship between memory and its impact on NREM (non rapid eye movement) and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep has become a topic of interest to many researchers. Such research has shown in a high number of cases that the day’s events were replayed through dreams, most often in fragments, but still present. Several cases have shown what appears to be that the more emotion involved in an event the higher its likeliness of being a part of one’s dreams. Overly emotional and traumatic events seem to make a significant impact on our dreams and have more of a tendency to reoccur or play out over a series of dream sessions as if it were chapters in a storybook. (Schwartz 2003) It has been thought that relationship
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