Dream Experimentation: A Science or a Illusion
Dreams cause my mind to catch onto a certain attentiveness; I find difficult to achieve while off enhancing my wisdom at college. It is this fact that causes me to want to know more about dreams and everything about them. What goes on in my mind when I’m sleeping? More so why do these things happen? The focus of this paper is to find those answers; and for me to generalize an opinion about what they mean to me.
Everyone remembers the dream or dreams they have while they are in deep R.E.M (Random Eye Movement) sleep however there are few that can actively and accurately recall their dreams from short term memory less than two hours subsequently. Why is this I ask my readers? What tricks do our minds play on us to induce this amnesia like effect on our brains? In addition to this why does our brain dream what it dreams and where do these dreams come from. Also do they mean anything in this thing we call life; can dreams predict the future or only distort our past? As I seek the answers to these divine questions I came across my first article.
I came across this article while surfing the internet for scholarly information regarding dreams and science titled “How the brain turns reality into dreams.” By, Kathleen Wren with research directed by, Robert Stickgold of Harvard Medical School; it really intrigued me. This article deals with the many processes of the brain during the many different stages of sleep that all people experience throughout the night. In his research Stickgold uses some victims of amnesia to help him conduct his research. His research suggests that much of our dreams come from “declarative memory” which consists of our recent experiences. Since people that suffer from amnesia do not have the ability to reproduce declarative memories therefore they should not be able to have dreams about what they did during the day. This fact exactly is what Stickgold’s research disproves. During his...