Dreams and the Resolution of the Mind

10/24/11
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Robert Stickgold

Robert Stickgold is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His research seeks to describe the nature of cognition during sleep, and to explain the role of sleep in memory and emotional processing. Stickgold's studies of sleep and memory have provided definitive evidence demonstrating the importance of sleep in learning and memory consolidation.

Our mind’s eye is a space in our heads where memories, images, and sounds all come together in a roiling sea of thoughts. Given that, just how clear is the “vision” of this eye? According to Robert Stickgold, a Harvard University psychiatrist, the resolution of our so-called dreamscape is constrained. He offers a few quick tests you can try at home to gauge your own mind’s eye, and he shares his unique insights into our perception of meaning while in a dream.
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