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The Mind at Night

The New Science of How and Why we Dream

by Andrea Rock

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The Mind at Night by Andrea Rock
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2004, 256 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2005, 240 pages

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Why do we dream? Non-Fiction

Comment: If you're looking for a new-age type book about dream interpretation, look elsewhere, but if you're interested in the physiology of why, and how we dream and a history of dream research, interspersed with many fascinating facts to entertain and amuse - this is the book for you.

Rock starts with the discovery of the REM phase of sleep by a University of Chicago graduate student (Eugene Aserinsky) who regularly wired up his 8 year old son with electrodes while he slept, in the interest of science. She then goes on to describe William Dement's research into the five stages of normal sleep - he converted part of his apartment into a lab and had members of the Rockette's dance troupe sleepover wired up to his machines; cash for sleeping held great appeal to these young dancers! Further experiments on animals showed that they dream too, and babies also.

That's just a few of the highlights from chapter one - which you can read for yourself at BookBrowse. The rest of the book is equally fascinating.

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