The Functions of Dreaming

Ernest Hartmann

in The Nature and Functions of Dreaming

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199751778
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863419 | DOI:
The Functions of Dreaming

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Does dreaming have a function? None is proven, but this chapter suggests that the emotion-guided making of new connections has an adaptive function in weaving new material into established memory, based on emotion. This is not consolidation of memory, but integration of new material with old material, guided by emotion. This can be adaptive in making subsequent new events less stressful. This integration helps establish our emotional being—our basic sense of self.

Keywords: emotional being; adaptive function; connections

Chapter.  5569 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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