Leading sleep researcher Rosalind Cartwright brings together decades of work on sleep, dreaming, and sleep disorders to propose a new theory of how the mind works continuously. Drawing on her own research and that of others, Cartwright describes how conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings move forward—from waking, into sleep and dreaming, to the next waking day. One main purpose of sleep is to regulate disturbing emotions. Not everyone does this successfully every night. Her research on dreams of those suffering depression show these fail to regulate mood overnight, and when sleepwalkers behave aggressively they have not had enough time dreaming. With many case examples, the author illustrates how conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings are being linked to older memories throughout sleep and dreams, and how this process effects changes in thinking and feeling the next day—even reshaping our identities. The Twenty-Four Hour Mind offers a unique integration of psychology and sleep research that will be of interest to anyone captivated by the mysteries of the mind—and what sleep and dreams teach us about ourselves.
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About the Author
Rosalind Cartwright is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and in the Neuroscience Division of the Graduate College, Rush University. In 2004 she was named Distinguished Scientist of the Year by the Sleep Research Society.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Role of the Night Mind in our Emotional Economy
Chapter 1. Where Do We Go When We Go to Sleep?
Chapter 2. The Mind Asleep: How Dreams Develop
Chapter 3. Short Sleep and Its Consequences: Insomnia and Major Depression
Chapter 4. Sleepwalking into Danger: Murders Without Motives
Chapter 5. More NREM Parasomnias: Self-injury, Sleep Eating, Sleep Sex, Exploring, Protecting
Chapter 6. Sleep Experts in Court: Evidence of the State of Mind
Chapter 7.. Warnings from the Land of Nod: Nightmares and REM Behavior Disorder
Chapter 8. The Revival of the Unconscious
Chapter 9. Dream Work: Regulating Emotion and Updating the Self
Chapter10.The Twenty-four Hour Psychology: From Nonsense to Science