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A Function for Dreams

  1. Nov 24, 2011 #1

    Pythagorean

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    user-friendly article:
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/11/111123133346.htm

    peer-reviewed article:
    Els van der Helm, Justin Yao, Shubir Dutt, Vikram Rao, Jared M. Saletin, Matthew P. Walker. REM Sleep Depotentiates Amygdala Activity to Previous Emotional Experiences. Current Biology, 23 November 2011 DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.10.052
     
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  3. Nov 24, 2011 #2

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    Fascinating piece of work. It's nice to see some hard evidence complementing existing theories regarding dreams. Though I've only skimmed the paper I see no mention of nightmares, it would be interesting to know what is happening with this phenomenon of stripping away emotional connotations in people who suffer from chronic nightmares.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2011 #3

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    Walker speaks about nightmares and PTSD in the non-peer reviewed article.

    The peer-reviewed article doesn't use the words nightmare or dream, it speaks more generally of REM sleep and the neural correlates.
     
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