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Do Our Dreams Mean Anything?

Recurring dreams can be weird and confusing. Why do we dream about some things more often, and how should we interpret them? Annie joins DNews today to talk about some common dreams, and some theories as to why they occur.

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“For centuries people have pondered the meaning of dreams. Early civilizations thought of dreams as a medium between our earthly world and that of the gods.”

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“Recent research in the neurobiology of dreaming sleep provides new evidence for possible structural and functional substrates of formal aspects of the dream process.”

Neural Decoding of Visual Imagery During Sleep

“Visual imagery during sleep has long been a topic of persistent speculation, but its private nature has hampered objective analysis.”

How Dreams Work

“Our dreams combine verbal, visual and emotional stimuli into a sometimes broken, nonsensical but often entertaining story line.”

A Cognitive Theory of Dream Symbols

“It is not my intention in this article to discuss theories of symbolism in general, nor even to review the history of thought regarding symbols in dreams.”

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