The brain as a dream state generator: an activation-synthesis hypothesis of the dream process.

  title={The brain as a dream state generator: an activation-synthesis hypothesis of the dream process.},
  author={J. Allan Hobson and Robert W. McCarley},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={134 12},
  • J. Hobson, R. McCarley
  • Published 27 September 1977
  • Psychology, Biology
  • The American journal of psychiatry
Recent research in the neurobiology of dreaming sleep provides new evidence for possible structural and functional substrates of formal aspects of the dream process. The data suggest that dreaming sleep is physiologically determined and shaped by a brain stem neuronal mechanism that can be modeled physiologically and mathematically. Formal features of the generator processes with strong implications for dream theory include periodicity and automaticity of forebrain activation, suggesting a… 

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