What does a cat dream about?

@article{Jouvet1979WhatDA,
  title={What does a cat dream about?},
  author={Michel Jouvet},
  journal={Trends in Neurosciences},
  year={1979},
  volume={2},
  pages={280-282}
}
  • M. Jouvet
  • Published 31 December 1979
  • Psychology
  • Trends in Neurosciences
Abstract When the neural systems which are responsible for postural atonia during paradoxical sleep are destroyed, sleeping cats periodically display stereotyped motor activity, revealing a rich repertoire of non-goal-directed ‘oneiric behaviour'. 
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