- Full text PDF available (4)
Seven patients who had become aphasic as a result of acute vascular lesions reported a loss of dreaming. The authors conclude that the dreaming process is affected when the left hemisphere neural systems related to waking language are impaired.
Dreaming may be altered by cerebral hemispheric disease. A woman who sustained a probable left posterior cerebral artery thrombosis, with right homonymous hemianopsia and alexia, had virtual cessation of dreaming for at least 9 months. Four individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy experienced recurrent painful (frightening) dreams, which in two patients… (More)
Through self-observation, the author estimated the interval between waking events and their incorporation into a dream. Most of the events had occurred the day of the dream, but some had occurred 3-4 days earlier.
Some dream images are unequivocally linked to events experienced in the waking state but are not identical. The author refers to such alterations as "obligatory associations"; these serve varied psychical requirements, including cognitive transformation.