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Dream and emotion regulation: Insight from the ancient art of memory

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 November 2013

Martin Desseilles
Department of Psychology, University of Namur Medical School, B-5000 Namur, Belgium. Cyclotron Research Centre, University of Liège, B-4000 Liège, Belgium Alexian Brothers Psychiatric Clinic, B-4841 Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Catherine Duclos
Department of Psychology, University of Namur Medical School, B-5000 Namur, Belgium.


During dreaming, as well as during wakefulness, elaborative encoding, indexing and ancient art of memory (AAOM) techniques, such as the method of loci, may coincide with emotion regulation. These techniques shed light on the link between dreaming and emotional catharsis, post-traumatic stress disorder, supermemorization during sleep as opposed to wakefulness, and the developmental role of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in children.

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