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p. 484. Cells and molecules of the dreaming brainlocked

  • J. Allan Hobson

Abstract

‘Cells and molecules of the dreaming brain’ shows that REM sleep always involves intense brain self-activation, occurs in all mammalian species, is carefully controlled by a genetically regulated chemical system, and provides the ideal physiological conditions for dreaming. Data collected in cellular and molecular level studies of sleep in animals are used to answer the how and why questions of dreaming in greater detail. The experimental work of Michel Jouvet in the mid-1950s, neuromodulation (control by neurons) and brain state, the biochemistry and pharmacology of REM sleep, and chemical stimulation of the brain are all discussed.

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