This volume describes how the conceptual and technical sophistication of contemporary cognitive and neuroscientific fields has enhanced the neurocognitive understanding of dreaming sleep. Because it is the only naturally-occurring state in which the active brain produces elaborate cognitive processes in the absence of sensory input, the study of dreaming offers a unique cognitive and neurophysiological view of the production of higher cognitive processes. The theory and research included is driven by the search for the most direct relationships linking the neurophysiological characteristics of sleepers to their concurrent cognitive experiences. The search is organized around three sets of theoretical models and the three classes of neurocognitive relationships upon which they are based. The contributions to this volume demonstrate that the field has begun to move in new directions opened up by the rapid advances in contemporary cognitive science, neuropsychology, and neurophysiology.
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Contents: J.S. Antrobus, M. Bertini, Introduction. Part I:Dreaming and Cortical Hemispheric Asymmetry: Pro and Con. R. Armitage, R. Hoffmann, A. Moffitt, Interhemispheric EEG Activity in Sleep and Wakefulness: Individual Differences in the Basic Rest-Activity Cycle (BRAC). M. Bertini, C. Violani, The Postawakening Testing Technique in the Investigation of Cognitive Asymmetries During Sleep. R.A. Reinsel, J.S. Antrobus, Lateralized Task Performance After Awakening From Sleep. L. Murri, E. Bonanni, A. Stefanini, L. Goldstein, C. Navona, F. Denoth, Neurological Approaches to the Dream Problem. F. Doricchi, C. Violani, Dream Recall in Brain-damaged Patients: A Contribution to the Neuropsychology of Dreaming Through a Review of the Literature. Part II:Visual Imagery and Cognitive Processes Across Waking and Sleep States. A. Rechtschaffen, C. Buchignani, The Visual Appearance of Dreams. R. Reinsel, J.S. Antrobus, M. Wollman, Bizarreness in Dreams and Waking Fantasy. C. Cipolli, D. Battaglia, C. Cavallero, P. Cicogna, M. Bosinelli, Associative Mechanisms in Dream Production. J. Fookson, J.S. Antrobus, A Connectionist Model of Bizarre Thought and Imagery. S.I. Rosenblatt, J.S. Antrobus, J.P. Zimler, The Effect of Postawakening Differences in Activation on the REM- NREM Report Effect and Recall of Information From Films. Part III:Tonic and Phasic Activation Models. J.A. Hobson, A New Model of Brain-Mind State: Activation Level, Input Source, and Mode of Processing (AIM). R. Watson, Phasic Integrated Potentials and Ego Boundary Deficits. J.H. Herman, Transmutative and Reproductive Properties of Dreams: Evidence for Cortical Modulation of Brain-stem Generators. Part IV:Lucid Dreaming. J. Gackenbach, Interhemispheric EEG Coherence in REM Sleep and Meditation: The Lucid Dreaming Connection. S. LaBerge, Physiological Studies of Lucid Dreaming.