Consciousness and Dreaming Mind: Mapping the Uncharted Territory of Thinking in Dreams


Miloslava Kozmova, PhD – Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Series: Perspectives on Cognitive Psychology; Sleep – Physiology, Functions, Dreaming and Disorders
BISAC: PSY008000; OCC006000

“In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Miloslava Kozmová shows that, contrary to the standard neuroscientific theories of dreaming, in our dreams we are not irrational, delirious or simply crazy or out of our minds, but instead we retain a coherent sense of ourselves and we use our minds rationally to solve the problems we encounter in the Dream World.” To read the full review, click here>>>. – Antti Revonsuo, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Skövde, Sweden and Professor of Psychology, University of Turku, Finland

“Kozmova, working from within Hobson’s activation-synthesis constructs, adapts a Baysian psychoanalytic-based technique of intrapersonal piloting to explore the transference surrounding non-lucid dream synthesis.  Her text, as much a memoir as an intellectual synthesis, explores the misconceptions that have developed into the belief that dreams are degenerate, non-thinking states of consciousness.” To read the full review, click here>>>. James F. Pagel, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Colorado, USA and Director of Rocky Mountain Sleep Center

The dream world represents an alternate state of consciousness occurring during sleeping. Investigations of features existing in the dreaming state of consciousness can offer fascinating insights into individuals’ nocturnal mental lives along with the scientific contradictions. The readers have an opportunity for an inside look into the inspirations that lead one researcher to address the contradictions in dream research and the development of the ideas that served as undergirding the subsequent research of nocturnal subjective experiences reported in dream narratives. Alongside, the reader can see how scientific discoveries are made.

In this book, the author traces research into one of the most scientifically denied features of dreaming consciousness – the thinking abilities of non-lucid dreamers. Contrary to explanations provided by cognitive neuroscientists, notably that deactivation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex indicates that non-lucid dreamers are incapable of self-generated thought (including executive skills and metacognitive monitoring), the phenomenological findings presented here reveal the wide range of dreamers’ sophisticated thought processes. Granted, these thought processes come to existence if and when dreamers find themselves in specific conditions during which they realize that they might want to attempt to change their current experience.

Despite attempts to integrate phenomenological and neuroimaging findings focused on non-lucid dreamers’ dreaming state of consciousness, these efforts will remain incomplete if researchers do not recognize the existence of dreamers’ self-generated thought processes. In the absence of this recognition, prospects for new discoveries will have only limited potential because the predominant deficiency viewpoint clearly guides many current research efforts. Yet, the non-lucid dreamers can become engaged in their dreams as active agents and, in a developmental manner, might continue to use their executive skills. Hence, the premises, explanations, and predictions suggesting the existence of deactivated executive function need to be re-examined. In this book titled Consciousness and Dreaming Mind: Mapping the Uncharted Territory of Thinking in Dreams, the author offers evidence including taxonomy of executive function processes and findings about volition and metacognitive monitoring in non-lucid dreaming state of consciousness. To facilitate a change in the scientific paradigm, these phenomenological findings are paramount. The author also asserts a much-needed shift in hopes that it might lead researchers and theorists to acknowledge non-lucid dreamers’ capacity, in specific condition, to engage in self-generated thinking.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. An Argument for Mapping Self-Generated Thought Processes in Non-Lucid Dreaming State of Consciousness

Chapter 2. Conceptualizations. Part I: Defining Consciousness, Dreaming Consciousness, and Dreams

Chapter 3. Conceptualizations

Part II: Defining Cognition, Continuity Hypothesis, and Assumptions Guiding My Research of Dreaming Consciousness

Chapter 4. Theories of Dreaming and Their Relationship to Non-Lucid Dreamers’ Self-Generated Thinking

Chapter 5. Conceptualizations of the Existence of Self in Waking and Dreaming States of Consciousness

Chapter 6. Conceptualization and Research of Self-Awareness in the Non-Lucid Dreaming State of Consciousness

Chapter 7. From the Discovery of Reflective Thought to Characterizing the Multiplicity of Rational Thought Processes

Chapter 8. Rationale for Inquiry about the Existence of Executive Function in Dreams, Research Question, and Literature Review

Chapter 9. Formulation of Dual Phenomenon, Selection of Participants, and Pilot Testing of the Descriptive Psychological Phenomenological Method (Giorgi and Giorgi, 2003)

Chapter 10. Piloting Glaser’s (1987, 1982) and Henwood and Pidgeon’s (2003) Methods of Grounded Theory

Chapter 11. Executive Thought Processes in Non-Lucid Dreaming

Chapter 12. Volition as an Integral Component of Dreamers’ Problem-Solving Efforts in Non-Lucid Dreaming

Chapter 13. Non-Lucid Dreamers’ Use of Executive Thought Processes in Problem-Solving Dreams

Chapter 14. Emotional Aspects of Problem-Solving Dreams:  Non-Lucid Dreamers’ Use of Emotions for Self-Regulation, Action-Prompts, and Action Prevention

Chapter 15. Conclusion

Appendix – Tables



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