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The Mind at Night: The New Science of How and Why We Dream

January 1, 2013 on 12:32 am | In Dream Types | 2 Comments

Psychologists and philosophers have long grappled with the mysteries of dreaming, and now-thanks largely to recent innovations in brain imaging -neuroscientists are starting to join the conversation. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning journalist Andrea Rock traces the brief but fascinating history of this emerging field. She then takes us into modern sleep labs across the country, asking the questions that intrigue us all: Why do we remember only a fraction of our dreams? Why are dreams usually accompanied by intense emotions? Can dreams truly spark creative thought or help solve problems? Are the universal dream interpretations of Freud and Jung valid? Accessible and engaging, The Mind at Night shines a bright light on our nocturnal journeys and tells us what the sleeping mind reveals about our waking hours.

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  1. A Dream of a Book What is the brain’s true mission at night? Andrea Rock chronicles the astoundingly varied research by scientists in labs around the world who–aided by by new technologies that enable us to actually see the brain at work–have discovered undreamed of reasons for the mind to carry out its nightly visual odyssey.

    Comment by Barbara Bedway — December 31, 2012 #

  2. Fascinating This book is incredible. I couldn’t put it down because I couldn’t wait to find out what would be revealed in the coming pages. It’s one of those books like “Chaos” or “Guns, Germs and Steel” that changes how you look at the world. What you discover about about how the brain works is amazing. For the first time, I sent an email out to a bunch of friends recommending a book. I did so because I thought so many of them would find it fascinating. On a sentence, paragraph and idea basis, it just flows. It’s so alive , so easy to read, and SO INTERESTING.

    Comment by Amy — January 1, 2013 #

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