9780465070695

The Mind At Night

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465070695

  • ISBN10:

    0465070698

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-03-29
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Summary

Psychologists and philosophers have long grappled with the mysteries of dreaming, and now--thanks largely to recent innovations in brain imaging--neuroscientists are starting to join the conversation. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning journalist Andrea Rock traces the brief but fascinating history of this emerging field. She then takes us into modern sleep labs across the country, asking the questions that intrigue us all: Why do we remember only a fraction of our dreams? Why are dreams usually accompanied by intense emotions? Can dreams truly spark creative thought or help solve problems? Are the universal dream interpretations of Freud and Jung valid? Accessible and engaging, The Mind at Night shines a bright light on our nocturnal journeys and tells us what the sleeping mind reveals about our waking hours.

Author Biography

Andrea Rock is the recipient of many awards, including the National Magazine Award, the prestigious Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the Henry Luce citation for outstanding reporting, and the American Academy of Family Physicians Award for outstanding reporting. She lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Rockettes, EEGs, and Banana Cream Pie 1(16)
The Anti-Freud 17(24)
Experiments of Nature 41(20)
The Lesson of the Spiny Anteater 61(16)
Rerunning the Maze 77(24)
Nocturnal Therapy 101(20)
The Ultimate Spin Doctor 121(14)
Creative Chaos 135(14)
Altered States 149(24)
Consciousness and Beyond 173(14)
Epilogue 187(14)
Acknowledgments 201(2)
Notes 203(10)
Bibliography 213(6)
Index 219

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