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The Emergence of Dreaming: Mind-Wandering, Embodied Simulation, and the Default Network

G. William Domhoff


This book presents a new neurocognitive theory of dreams that documents the similarities of dreaming to waking thought, demonstrates that personal psychological meaning can be found in a majority of dream reports, has a strong developmental dimension based on excellent longitudinal and cross-sectional studies carried out in sleep labs with children ages 3–15, locates the neural substrate for dreaming in the same brain network active during mind-wandering and daydreaming, and marshals the evidence that shows it is very unlikely that dreaming has any adaptive function. These claims are based on ... More

Keywords: dream, neurocognition, mind-wandering, cognitive, development, adaptation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190673420
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190673420.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. William Domhoff, author
Department of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz