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The Nature and Functions of Dreaming$
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Ernest Hartmann

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751778.001.0001

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The Functions of Dreaming

The Functions of Dreaming

(p.107) 11 The Functions of Dreaming
The Nature and Functions of Dreaming

Ernest Hartmann

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   emotional being, adaptive function, connections

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