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Dreams determine what our waking minds pay attention to

Dreams determine what our waking minds pay attention to Dreams determine what our waking minds pay attention to
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Research had already shown that sleep, and dream sleep in particular, plays a major role in mood regulation […] Today we know that both deep sleep and REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement sleep – the phase  of sleep in which dreaming occurs) play important roles in how memories change over time. The sleeping brain reshapes memory by increasing the imprint of emotionally relevant information while helping irrelevant material fade away. In a series of elegant studies Robert Stickgold and his colleagues showed that the sleeping brain can even make sense out of information whose relevance is unclear while we are awake and integrate it into the larger memory system" Dreams keep replaying, recombining, and reintegrating pieces of old memories for months and even years." They constantly update the subterranean realities that determine what our waking minds pay attention to. […]

Stickgold, Hobson, and their colleagues thus discovered that dreams help to forge new relationships between apparently unrelated memories.

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