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In order to fully fathom the idea of this paper the reader mustpicture a dream they have recently had while they were asleep Next somequestions must be taken into account Some of these include What was thedream like Has the reader had this dream before If so how often has thedream occurred What were the emotional states felt in this dream Dreamsare possessions that everyone has which are entirely their own Everyonedreams yet the reasons for these dreams are what differ betweenindividuals There may be something going on in a persons life that allowsthem to then dream about while sleeping Sometimes dreams have thecapability to depict a humans deepest desires based on natural instinctsMany strange events can happen in a dream The dreamer could be gettingmarried or might even develop super-natural powers such as flying orreading someones mind With all of these basic dream situations in mindone could only wonder what dreams really are The biology and science of dreams are actually quite simple toexplain According to Lawrence J Wichlinski a PhD Associate Professorof Psychology at Carleton College states that dreams are a result of brainactivity All brain activity is produced by electrical waves thatscientists measure using an electroencephalograph Wichlinski These wavesoccur whether a person is asleep or awake and can vary in shape size orspeed Wichlinski When the brain waves are moving at a rapid speed insmaller strands the person is experiencing a stage in sleep called RapidEye Movement REM Wichlinski With this information in mind one couldinfer that it is during REM sleep that dreams are at their most activeAmerican physiologist Nathaniel Kleitman agrees with this statementbelieving that dreams only occur during REM sleep Policoff 71 HoweverStephen Policoff author of The Dreamers Companion disagrees and insteadbelieves that people dream throughout the entire night Dreams occurseveral times throughout the night even though the dreamer is notnecessarily aware of it Policoff 2 Additionally Policoff
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