An Empirical Analysis of the Nature, Correlates, and Functions of Dreams

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 180. Reviews the book, To Catch a Dream: Explorations of Dreaming by David Koulack (1991). In this book author provides an excellent, up-to-date, and comprehensive review of the literature on dream research. The purpose of the book is to explore the nature, correlates, and functions of dreams. The author successfully integrates the findings from psychological, physiological, and phenomenological studies and provides plausible and pragmatic explanations of dreams. The major strength of this book is that it is solidly based on empirical research throughout Evidence from laboratory and clinical studies is presented to support the author's contention that the nature of our dreams reflects and deflects on our waking experiences, their meanings are filtered by individual differences, and dreams serve an adaptive function in learning. This is an informative book that will serve as a valuable resource not only to sleep and dream researchers but also to clinicians interested in exploring the scientific underpinnings of dreams in their patients. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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