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Threat perceptions and avoidance in recurrent dreams

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 September 2001

A. Zadra
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, C.P. 6128 succ. centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 3J7 zadraa@psy.umontreal.ca
D. C. Donderi
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 1B1 donderi@hebb.psych.mcgill.ca

Abstract

Revonsuo argues that the biological function of dreaming is to simulate threatening events and to rehearse threat avoidance behaviors. He views recurrent dreams as an example of this function. We present data and clinical observations suggesting that (1) many types of recurrent dreams do not include threat perceptions; (2) the nature of the threat perceptions that do occur in recurrent dreams are not always realistic; and (3) successful avoidance responses are absent from most recurrent dreams and possibly nightmares.

[Hobson et al.; Revonsuo]

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© 2000 Cambridge University Press

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