The Scientific Study of Dreams: Neural Networks, Cognitive Development, and Content Analysis / Edition 1

The Scientific Study of Dreams: Neural Networks, Cognitive Development, and Content Analysis / Edition 1

by G. William Domhoff, William G. Domhoff
     
 

The Scientific Study of Dreams presents a new neurocognitive model of dreams that draws from empirical research to explain better the process of dreaming and the nature of dream content. Until now, dream studies have been limited in their usefulness, but recent advances in neuroscience, dream content analysis, cognitive linguistics, statistics, and computer

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The Scientific Study of Dreams presents a new neurocognitive model of dreams that draws from empirical research to explain better the process of dreaming and the nature of dream content. Until now, dream studies have been limited in their usefulness, but recent advances in neuroscience, dream content analysis, cognitive linguistics, statistics, and computer software have made it possible to revitalize this area of research with the use of scientific methods. Domhoff's neurocognitive model helps explain the neural and cognitive bases for dreaming. He discusses how dreams express conceptions and concerns, and how they are consistent over years and decades. He also shows that there may be limits to understanding the meaning of dreams as there are many aspects of dream content that cannot be related to waking cognition or personal concerns. In addition, the book includes a detailed explanation of the methods needed to test the new model as well as a case study of a comprehensive dream journal. Particularly valuable is a discussion of a new system of content analysis that can be used for highly sophisticated studies of dream content. In this provocative book, Domhoff sets forth a convincing argument that will encourage a resurgence in dream research among both new and established cognitive psychologists and neuropsychologists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557989352
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
First
Pages:
209
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Neurocognitive Approach to Dreams3
Ch. 1Toward a Neurocognitive Model of Dreams9
Ch. 2Methodological Issues in the Study of Dream Content39
Ch. 3The Hall-Van de Castle System67
Ch. 4A New Resource for Content Analysis95
Ch. 5New Ways to Study Meaning in Dreams107
Ch. 6A Critique of Traditional Dream Theories135
References171
Index197
About the Author209

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