The Role of Dreams in the Evolution of the Human Mind

@article{Franklin2005TheRO,
  title={The Role of Dreams in the Evolution of the Human Mind},
  author={M. S. Franklin and M. Zyphur},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychology},
  year={2005},
  volume={3}
}
This paper presents an evolutionary argument for the role of dreams in the development of human cognitive processes. While a theory by Revonsuo (2000) proposes that dreams allow for threat rehearsal and therefore provide an evolutionary advantage, the goal of this paper is to extend this argument by commenting on other fitness-enhancing aspects of dreams. Rather than a simple threat rehearsal mechanism, it is argued that dreams reflect a more general virtual rehearsal mechanism that is likely… Expand
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