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Smart Talk: The science of dreams

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 25, 2014 12:27 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, June 26, 2014:

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Dreaming is one of the most fascinating and mysterious human functions.  Although we all dream on a daily basis, we have little control over our dreams and almost always wake up barely being able to remember what happened in our minds while we were asleep.

So, why do we dream? Does dreaming serve a purpose and if so, what is it? And why is it that we can remember some of our dreams, but not others?

Did you know that dreams help humans learn, can enhance creativity, and actually is a survival mechanism?

On Thursday’s Smart Talk, we'll address the science of dreams.  That doesn't include trying to interpret dreams, because dream interpretation isn't really science.  The program will address factual information about dreams that most of us are probably unaware of.

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Dr. Shaun Cook, assistant professor of psychology at Millersville University

Dr. Shaun Cook, assistant professor of psychology at Millersville University joins us in the studio to provide insight into dreaming, as well as to answer any questions you may have.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-26 08:22

    Marty emails:

    Here are several things about which I would like to have your guest comment:

    • I notice that some of the last things about which I have spoken or thought are frequently evident in my dreams…

    • I have a group of dreams that seem to repeat in terms of the venue of the dream’s “story line” – and this has happened for years – and many of the other people in these dreams seem to repeatedly reappear every time these dream settings reoccur…

    • In almost all cases, I seem to be able to remember my dreams initially, but then the memory rapidly degrades over time (and, usually, over a very short period of time, say, an hour or two)…

    • In all cases except for one occurrence about eight years ago, my dreams are pleasant… but, when I was young, I used to have dreams about being pursued and my feet seemed to be frozen or in cement…

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-26 08:26

    Kim emails:

    Is there any evidence to suggest that trouble sleeping AND THEREFORE MAYBE TROUBLE DREAMING, can contribute to memory issues?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-26 08:30

    Marty emails:

    I have had dreams for many years that are “continued”, i.e. the next time that I have one of these dreams, the story line will pick up where it left off the last time I had the dream, even if it has been six months or more since the last installment…