The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness
In this book J. Allan Hobson offers an understanding of altered states of consciousness based on knowledge of how our brain chemistry is balanced when we are awake and how that balance shifts when we fall asleep and dream. He draws on recent research that enables us to explain how psychedelic drugs work to disturb that balance and how similar imbalances may cause depressio...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published August 23rd 2002 by Bradford Book
(first published 2001)
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In 2003, I was projects editor at my newspaper and I enlisted a group of reporters to write a series on dreams and what they mean, based on the best scientific research available. This book helped me understand much of the brain chemistry of dreaming. Written by a Harvard psychiatrist, it refutes Freud's theory that dreams were expressions of repressed instinctual drives, and says they reflect normal brain activation during sleep, using a different neurotransmitter system than during waking hour...more