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Psychodynamic Neurology

Dreams, Consciousness, and Virtual Reality, 1st Edition

By Allan Hobson

CRC Press

282 pages

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Psychodynamic Neurology: Dreams, Consciousness, and Virtual Realty presents a novel way of thinking about the value of dreaming, based in solid comprehension of scientific research on sleep and dreams, but with deep understanding of psychoanalytic and other interpretations of dreams.

This book:

  • Surveys the remarkable history of sleep research over the past few decades
  • Examines the neurobiology of sleep and its implications for consciousness and well-being
  • Addresses the nature of waking and dreaming consciousness and how they are deeply related
  • Presents the neurogenesis, function, and clinical importance of a brain-based dream theory

Our dreams are a mixture of anticipated virtual as well as remembered real experience. This book tells the story of how neuroscience has helped us reach this startling and exciting conclusion and how the new scientific model builds upon and departs from the dream theories of the past.


"With an intriguing integration of psychodynamic theory and modern sleep research, this book presents a unique understanding of dreaming and its importance. The author looks at the current understanding of sleep and dreams to help with a more modern understanding of psychoanalytic thinking. The book is written for a wide-ranging audience of individuals in psychiatry, neurology, and brain sciences, as well as those interested in a more philosophical understanding of human consciousness."

—Michael Easton, MD, Rush University Medical Center

Table of Contents

Historical Background: The Mind-Brain Schism of 1900

Virtual Reality Dream—12/6/2011

Philosophical Issues

The Freudian Split

Modern Sleep Science


William James

Helmholtz and the Pact Against Vitalism

Wilhelm Wundt

Neurological Development: Sleep and Dream Science

Noreene Storrie and Potatoes—11/26/2012

Self and Agency

Fetal Brain Activation

Sleep Eye Movement

I Move, Therefore I Am

Separate Selves

Vision in Waking and Dreaming

A Virtual Space for Virtual Sensation and Virtual Movement

Taking Virtual Reality Seriously



Dreaming in Real-Time

Time Sense in Dreams

Lucid Dreaming: Splitting Primary and Secondary Consciousness

Waking Dream—1/12/13

Flip-Flop States

Brain Dissociation

Free Will?

Brain Imaging and Lucid Dreaming

Hypnosis: Entering The Brain-Mind Via The Brain Stem Cellar

Associations Are Never Free

Autosuggestion and Self-Hypnosis

Let There Be Light: Information Creation and Management

PGO Waves of REM Sleep

PGO Wave Inhibition

Turning on PGO Waves and REM Sleep

A Startling Hypothesis

Central Heating: Keeping Warm While Dreaming

Circadian Rhythms

Loss of Temperature Control

Individuality and Sleep

Alcoholism: An Experiment of Culture And Nature

Psychodynamic Neurology?


What Is Free Energy?

Religion And Sexuality: A Civil War in the Brain-Mind


Dreaming as Religion

My God Is Better than Yours

Varieties of Religious Experience

Denial of Comfort


Chinese Love Dream—1/12/2012

Sex Rules

Brain Activation In Sleep

Wet Dreams

Sex and Religion Cross Wires

The Psychodynamic Ego: An Epigenetic Self

Freud as Inadvertent Cartesian

A Conceptual Reversal

Mental? Illness

The Trauma Hunt

Why Go to Medical School?

Celebrate Skepticism

A Shorthand of Defenses

Psychological Camouflage

Primary and Secondary Consciousness

Free Will

Dreaming as Primary Consciousness

The Transcendental Ego: Art and Science of the Brain-Mind

The Creative Ego

Philosophical Background

Biologizing Kant


A Model of the World

Is Waking as Bizarre as Dreaming?

Illogical Us

Creativity and the Transcendent Ego

Ski-Flying Dream—Sicily, 4/8/2011

Storytelling and the Transcendent Ego

New Initiatives Linking Dream Science and Literature

Toward a Science of Subjectivity

Instincts And Emotions: Ethology of the Brain-Mind

Emotion Is Inherently Cognitive

Ethological Psychiatry

The Reticular Activating System

REM Sleep Without Atonia

REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Threat Avoidance

Attachment and Separation

Psychopathology: Dysfunction of the Brain-Mind

Dream Madness

What Kind of Psychosis Is Dreaming?

Sleep and Mood Regulation

A Paradox Explained

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors

Lessons from the Past

Memory: Epigenetic and Experiential Aspects

Contrasts with The Freudian Unconscious

Genetic Memory

Epigenetic Memory

Epigenetic Instantiation of The NREM-REM Sleep Cycle

Cats Beget Kittens

REM Sleep and the Consolidation Of Memory

Elaborative Encoding

Post-Freudian Revisions: Further Attacks on Psychoanalysis and Alternative Models

The Anti-Freud War

Biological Psychiatry and Psychobiology

Behavioral Neurology

Sleep and Dream Science

Altered States: Toward a Science of the Brain-Mind

Transcendental Meditation

Eye Movement Redirection Therapy

Substance Abuse






Brain-Mind Dream Interpretation: A New Project for Scientific Psychology

Laboratory Dream—1/2/2012


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Neurology
MEDICAL / Neuroscience
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience