Dreaming, waking conscious experience, and the resting brain: report of subjective experience as a tool in the cognitive neurosciences

@inproceedings{Wamsley2013DreamingWC,
  title={Dreaming, waking conscious experience, and the resting brain: report of subjective experience as a tool in the cognitive neurosciences},
  author={Erin J Wamsley},
  booktitle={Front. Psychol.},
  year={2013}
}
Even when we are ostensibly doing "nothing"-as during states of rest, sleep, and reverie-the brain continues to process information. In resting wakefulness, the mind generates thoughts, plans for the future, and imagines fictitious scenarios. In sleep, when the demands of sensory input are reduced, our experience turns to the thoughts and images we call "dreaming." Far from being a meaningless distraction, the content of these subjective experiences provides an important and unique source of… CONTINUE READING

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