Evolutionary function of dreams: A test of the threat simulation theory in recurrent dreams.

  title={Evolutionary function of dreams: A test of the threat simulation theory in recurrent dreams.},
  author={Antonio Zadra and Sophie Desjardins and Eric R Marcotte},
  journal={Consciousness and cognition},
  volume={15 2},
proposed an intriguing and detailed evolutionary theory of dreams which stipulates that the biological function of dreaming is to simulate threatening events and to rehearse threat avoidance behaviors. The goal of the present study was to test this theory using a sample of 212 recurrent dreams that was scored using a slightly expanded version of the DreamThreat rating scale. Six of the eight hypotheses tested were supported. Among the positive findings, 66% of the recurrent dream reports… CONTINUE READING

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