The reinterpretation of dreams: An evolutionary hypothesis of the function of dreaming

  title={The reinterpretation of dreams: An evolutionary hypothesis of the function of dreaming},
  author={Antti Revonsuo},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={877 - 901}
  • A. Revonsuo
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Several theories claim that dreaming is a random by-product of REM sleep physiology and that it does not serve any natural function. Phenomenal dream content, however, is not as disorganized as such views imply. The form and content of dreams is not random but organized and selective: during dreaming, the brain constructs a complex model of the world in which certain types of elements, when compared to waking life, are underrepresented whereas others are over represented. Furthermore, dream… 

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