Sleep Med Psychophysiol.  2001 Dec;8(2):83-89.

The Neurobiology and Psychophysiology of Dreaming

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Chinju, Korea.

Abstract

In all ages and countries, dreaming has always been a topic that has interested people. Throughout history, theories about dreaming have been heavily dependent on concurrent theories in related domains. Many researchers have claimed that dreaming occurs during REM and NREM sleep and have rejected the strict association between REM sleep mechanisms and dreams. Although dreams may occur in both REM and NREM periods, they are likely to be produced by different mechanisms during REM and NREM sleep. All physicians managing dreaming-related problems in clinical practice need to understand the multidimensional aspects of dreaming. Therefore, I have reviewed the literature on mechanisms generating and the meaning of dreaming in the neurobiological and psychophysiologcal perspectives.

Keyword

Dreaming; Neurobiology; Psychophysiology

MeSH Terms

Dreams*
Neurobiology*
Psychophysiology*
Sleep, REM
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