Exploring the neural correlates of dream phenomenology and altered states of consciousness during sleep

Mutz, Julian and Javadi, Amir-Homayoun (2017) Exploring the neural correlates of dream phenomenology and altered states of consciousness during sleep. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 3 (1). ISSN 2057-2107. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/nc/nix009) (Full text available)

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Abstract

The science of dreaming constitutes a relevant topic inmodern-day neuroscientific research and providesmajor insights into the study of human consciousness. Linking specific, universal, and regularly occurring stages of sleep with dreaming encourages the direct and systematic investigation of a topic that has fascinated humankind for centuries. In this review, we explore to what extent individuals dream during periods of rapid eyemovement and non-rapid eyemovement sleep, and we introduce research on lucid dreaming.We then discuss how dreaming during different stages of sleep varies in terms of phenomenological characteristics, and to what extent individuals are conscious throughout the sleep cycle. Finally, we provide a synopsis of the previous literature on brain activity during sleep, and we aimto clarify how the neurofunctional changes observed throughout sleepmay lead to changes in phenomenological aspects of dreams, and in the domain of consciousness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: sleep and dreaming; consciousness; phenomenology; neuroscience; psychosis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Depositing User: Amir-Homayoun Javadi
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 08:28 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 08:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61937 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Javadi, Amir-Homayoun: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0569-6441
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