Dreams as Modifiers and Tests of Mental Schemas: An Emotional Selection Hypothesis

  title={Dreams as Modifiers and Tests of Mental Schemas: An Emotional Selection Hypothesis},
  author={Richard Coutts},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={561 - 574}
A process is proposed that helps a person adapt to a social environment. During sleep, this process executes a set of dreams with social content that schemas tentatively incorporate by self-modifying. Due to vast interConnectivity that exists amongst social schemas, such modifications may introduce accidental, maladaptive conflicts. Consequently, a second set of dreams is executed in the form of test scenarios in order to evaluate the schema modifications effected by the first set of dreams… Expand
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