Dreaming and the self-organizing brain

Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (7):4-11 (2000)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

We argue that the rapid eye movement dream experiences owe their structure and meaning to inherent self-organizing properties of the brain itself. Thus, we offer a common meeting ground for brain based studies of dreaming and traditional psychological dream theory. Our view is that the dreaming brain is a self-organizing system highly sensitive to internally generated influences. Several lines of evidence support a process view of the brain as a system near the edge of chaos, one that is highly sensitive to internal influences. Such sensitivity is due to several factors. First, the dreaming brain normally gates out external input and thus operates without the stabilizing influences of external feedback. Second, the pre-frontal cortex is only minimally activated during REM sleep, and hence the brain operates with weakened volition, reduced logic, and diminished self-reflection. Third, because the neuromodulatory inhibition mechanism is turned off during REM, the brain responds spontaneously to the least provocation. In addition, the dreaming brain is also subject to powerful intermittent cholinergic stimulation which may stimulate creative patterns of dream activity

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,100

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Lucid dreaming: Evidence and methodology.Stephen LaBerge - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (6):962-964.
Dreaming and the brain: Toward a cognitive neuroscience of conscious states.J. Allan Hobson, Edward F. Pace-Schott & Robert Stickgold - 2003 - In Edward F. Pace-Schott, Mark Solms, Mark Blagrove & Stevan Harnad (eds.), Sleep and Dreaming: Scientific Advances and Reconsiderations. Cambridge University Press. pp. 793-842.
How does the dreaming brain explain the dreaming mind?John S. Antrobus - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (6):904-907.
Self-organization in the dreaming brain.Stanley Krippner & Allan Combs - 2000 - Journal of Mind and Behavior 21 (4):399-412.
Dreaming has content and meaning not just form.Milton Kramer - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (6):959-961.
Dreaming is not a non-conscious electrophysiologic state.J. F. Pagel - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (6):984-988.
Rem sleep = dreaming: The never-ending story.Corrado Cavallero - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (6):916-917.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
58 (#277,332)

6 months
5 (#644,465)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?