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What Are Dreams? 

Nova examines the science of dreams by investigating what dreams are and why we have them.

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Episode credited cast:
Deirdre Barrett ... Herself - Harvard Medical School
Tina Cursley ... Herself - Wife of Research Subject
Tom Cursley ... Himself - Research Subject
G. William Domhoff ... Himself - University of California, Santa Cruz
Erica Harris ... Herself - Boston University
Jamie Heffron ... Himself / Narrator
Heather Jones ... Herself - Research Subject
Howard Katz ... Himself - Boston Psychoanalytic Institute
Patrick Mcnamara ... Himself - Boston University
Sara Mednick ... Herself - University of California, San Diego
Antti Revonsuo ... Himself - University of Turku
John Shneerson ... Himself - Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, England
Mark Solms ... Himself - University of Cape Town
Robert Stickgold ... Himself - Harvard Medical School
Matthew Wilson ... Himself - Massachusetts Institute of Technology


To sleep researchers the various aspects of sleep and dreams make no sense unless they have a purpose. What that purpose is is fertile ground for research, speculation and disagreement. This program presents the ideas and research methods of several active sleep researchers. Written by David Foss

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Very informative, engaging
6 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

I've learned so much in such a short time by watching this documentary. It talks about the current breakthroughs in research about the different stages of sleep, some of the different hypotheses (from long ago, culturally, and scientifically), and even a database that is used to find patterns about what we dream about throughout our lives. This goes beyond Freud in that it begins to see the neuroscience of dreams. It is even now possible to see what we dream about (sort of) in non-REM and REM cycles. The two cycles actually serve very different purposes and inhibit different emotional responses for humans during waking time.

I highly recommend it. You will be inspired to start tracking and getting better at remembering your own dreams.

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