Dreaming and REM sleep are controlled by different brain mechanisms

  title={Dreaming and REM sleep are controlled by different brain mechanisms},
  author={Mark Solms},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={843 - 850}
  • M. Solms
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The paradigmatic assumption that REM sleep is the physiological equivalent of dreaming is in need of fundamental revision. A mounting body of evidence suggests that dreaming and REM sleep are dissociable states, and that dreaming is controlled by forebrain mechanisms. Recent neuropsychological, radiological, and pharmacological findings suggest that the cholinergic brain stem mechanisms that control the REM state can only generate the psychological phenomena of dreaming through the mediation of… 

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