The Functions of Dreaming
Does dreaming have a function? None is proven, but this chapter suggests that the emotion-guided making of new connections has an adaptive function in weaving new material into established memory, based on emotion. This is not consolidation of memory, but integration of new material with old material, guided by emotion. This can be adaptive in making subsequent new events less stressful. This integration helps establish our emotional being—our basic sense of self.
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