History of the study of dreaming

Manuela Kirberg, Jennifer M. Windt

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This article surveys some of the major milestones of scientific dream research, often in response to sleep research, as well as main points of exchange and disagreement with philosophy, with a focus on Western philosophy and non-lucid dreams. It argues that the increasing establishment of dreaming as a target phenomenon for the interdisciplinary study of consciousness, alongside recent advances in sleep and mind wandering research, is leading to revisions in our understanding of sleep, wakefulness, and consciousness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
EditorsClete A. Kushida
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780323910941
ISBN (Print)9780128229637
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Bizarreness
  • Consciousness
  • Dreaming
  • Functions of dreaming
  • Mental simulation
  • Mind wandering
  • Neural correlates of consciousness
  • NREM sleep
  • Phenomenology
  • REM sleep
  • Reports
  • Sleep
  • Sleep architecture
  • Spontaneous thought

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