Dreaming as merely a by-product

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The act of dreaming is the experience of situations, images, emotions and thoughts that take place during sleep. Dreams are strongly associated with rapid eye movement also known as REM sleep, during which an electroencephalogram shows brain activity to be most like wakefulness. The contents and biological purposes of dreams are not fully understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history. The notion that dreams have a deep meaning behind them was greatly favoured by Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud who believed the interpretation of dreams were sources of insight into unconscious desires. Another Psychiatrist, Carl Jung, also believed that dreams held significant meaning. He furthered the notion of Sigmund Freud and said that the scope of dream interpretation was larger, reflecting the richness and complexity of the entire unconscious, both personal and collective. The general perspective on dreams will agree with the above theory although there are studies that show otherwise. The researchers of these studies provide that dreams are no more than interpretations of neutral impulses of the brain. Psychiatrist and dream researcher, J. Allan Hobson and Psychiatrist Robert McCarley have done extensive research in to their theory. They state that dreams are merely the by-product of bursts of activity emanating from sub cortical areas in the brain. J. Allan Hobson produced a theory of quantifying mental events and correlating them with quantified brain events which lead to Robert McCarley’s contribution. The two researchers drew upon a theory based on their research, namely the Activation Synthesis theory. And lastly, the two researchers’ dismissal of Sigmund Freud’s theory is examined. J. Allan Hobson’s theory was quantifying mental events and correlating them with quantified brain events. He referenced these to waking, sleeping
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