This page is an
index for a bibliography and resource list on the interdisciplinary
study of dreams.
Below is a list of suggested introductory readings on dreams, and then what's as yet a pretty random selection
of initial online resources and references. There's nothing here about dream symbolism, hardly anything on
psychoanalysis, little yet on history and culture.
Note early 2010:
this list is now pretty out of date, apologies. I'll try to update
soon. Meanwhile I hope you all still find it useful.
John Sutton, Philosophy Department, Macquarie University, Sydney.
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This research was initially supported in 2000 by a Macquarie University Research Grant.
Some related resources:
beginnings of ways in to deeper philosophical, psychological,
Patricia Churchland, 'Reduction and the Neurobiological Basis of Consciousness', in A. Marcel & E. Bisiach (eds.),
Consciousness in Contemporary Science (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), pp.273-304, esp. pp.290-301 on sleep
Dan Dennett, 'Are Dreams Experiences?': Dennett, Brainstorms (Sussex, 1981), ch.8.
G. William Domhoff (2003), The Scientific Study of Dreams: neural networks, cognitive development, and content
analysis (American Philosophical Association)
Owen Flanagan, 'Deconstructing Dreams: the spandrels of sleep', Journal of Philosophy vol. 92 (XCII), 1995, 5-27
David Foulkes (1990), 'Dreaming and Consciousness', European Journal of Cognitive Psychology 2, 39-55
David Foulkes (1985), Dreaming: a cognitive-psychological analysis (Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum)
David Foulkes (1996), 'Dream Research: 1953-1993', Sleep 19, 609-624
David Foulkes (1999), Children's Dreaming and the Development of Consciousness (Cambridge, MA: Harvard U.P.)
J. Allan Hobson (1988), The Dreaming Brain (Basic Books). Wide-ranging anti-Freudian historico-scientific survey,
set out to support Hobson's theory.
Michel Jouvet (1999), The Paradox of Sleep (MIT Press). Series of essays by a pioneer of REM-sleep investigation.
Norman Malcolm (1959), Dreaming (Routledge). Controversial application of Wittgenstein's philosophy of mind.
Antii Revonsuo, (1995) 'Consciousness, dreams, and virtual realities'. Philosophical Psychology 8: 35-58.
Mark Solms (1997), The Neuropsychology of Dreams: a clinico-anatomical study (Erlbaum)
In due course I'll also get up some references to printed material on the history of dreams.
The Association for the Study of Dreams is a remarkable and open organization which runs conferences,
attracts leading dream scientists as well as those approaching the topic from Very Different Perspectives, and
also operates the important multidisciplinary journal Dreaming.
Neuro-psychoanalysis: Mark Solms' interdisciplinary journal for psychoanalysis and neurosciences.
Kelly Bulkeley's homepage: dream research, dreams and religion ... very wide-ranging set of interests
Domhoff & team's dreamresearch.net
site for the Quantitative
Study of Dreams at UCSC.
Includes Domhoff's short sharp answer to the question do dreams have a 'purpose'? And an index of dream articles.
of Dreams resources
also has more general bibliographies.
The Dream and the Enlightenment: includes excellent bibliography on 18th-century dreams.Dreams in Film, a useful list.
Online Papers and Texts
Domhoff, G. W. (2001). A new neurocognitive theory of dreams. Dreaming, 11, 13-33 - highly recommended.
Antti Revonsuo & Katja Valli, Dreaming and Consciousness: Testing the Threat Simulation Theory of the Function of Dreaming
PSYCHE, 6(8), October 2000
Eric Schwitzgebel, 'Why Did We Think We Dreamed in Black and White?' - highly recommended.
Mark Solms, The Interpretation of Dreams and the Neurosciences
Mark Solms, Psychoanalysis And The Brain
Mary L. Phillips, Review of The Neuropsychology of Dreams, by Mark Solms (Brain, 121, 1998)
Jonathan Ichikawa, Skepticism and the Imagination Model of Dreaming (2005)
Hobson, J. Allan, Pace-Schott, E. and Stickgold, R. (2000), 'Dreaming and the Brain: Toward a Cognitive
Neuroscience of Conscious States', Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (6): XXX-XXX.
Part of a special issue of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2000) on Sleep and Dreaming
[N.B. This is a VERY LONG PAPER ... recommended only if you're already interested in the Hobson school.
It's an updating and summary of Hobson's whole program, and includes some responses to criticisms by
Foulkes, Solms, and others ... ]
Other important (and also long) papers in the BBS special issue are
Mark Solms (2000), 'Dreaming and REM Sleep are controlled by different brain mechanisms'
Antii Revonsuo (2000), The Reinterpretation of Dreams: an evolutionary hypothesis of the function of dreaming
The Association for the Study of Dreams has a wide range of articles online here.
Dreaming: Psychophysiological Studies of Consciousness during REM Sleep'
- intro by
leading scientist studying lucid dreams to recent methods of investigating, and 'physiologically verifying',
this strange phenomenon.
Mueller, Erik T.
and Dyer, Michael G. (1985) Towards
a computational theory of human daydreaming. In:
Proceedings Seventh Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, pages 120-129
New Anthropology of Dreaming' - anthropologists' shift from
analysis of local dream
theories and practices to full participation in dreamtelling rituals.
Aristotle, On Dreams
Galen, On Diagnosis in Dreams, translated by Lee T. Pearcy
Simon Price 2004. ‘The future of dreams: from Freud to Artemidorus’, in R. Osborne (ed.),
Studies in Ancient Greek and Roman Society (Cambridge: University Press), 226-59.
Abstracts of the Standard Edition of Freud: very useful summaries.
Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams online at bibliomania.
Last updated 1 February 2010.