| Renew/Become a Member Volume 7, No.
In This Issue:
IASD MEMBER EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
WEB NEWS PLACE
Web News Place expands: Websites,
FaceBook, and Blogs. Oh My!
IASD member Peggy Coats hosts The Dream Tree,
http://dreamtree.com an online resource center and an interactive blog for
dreamers. If you have a story to tell, a new book to review, or any other dream
news or information you'd like to get out to the world, please let her know so
The Dream Tree can help spread the word.
Brenda Ferrimani hosts FaceBook page:
Notes From a Dreamer
MORE NORTH CAROLINA TRIVIA
You already know that Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Charles Karault, and Thomas
Wolfe all hailed from North Carolina, but you might not have known about these
other North Carolina natives.
Born in 1862, in Greensboro, William Sydney Porter served time in prison after
being convicted of embezzlement. To support his family while incarcerated, he
wrote, and sold, short stories. Upon his release, he changed his name to O.
Henry and soon became one of American's most loved short-story writers.
Mary Jane Patterson, from Raleigh, was the first African-American woman to
graduate from a US college (Oberlin College, Ohio, 1862).
Harriet Irwin, of Charlotte, designed a hexagonal house without sharp corners in
1869 and became the first woman to patent a house design.
"Buffalo Bob" Smith and his sidekick marionette entertained on television from
1947 to 1960 on The Howdy Doody Show. Smith lived in Flat Rock (just south of
Asheville) from 1991 until his death in 1998.
Robert Moog, inventor of one of the first widely used electronic musical
instruments, the Moog synthesizer, was a research professor of music at the
University of North Carolina in Asheville. He died in Asheville in 2005 at the
age of 71.
Arnold Palmer, recognized as the player whose aggressive play and winning
personality raised golf to national attention, honed his skills on the
championship golf team of Wake Forest University.
So come be another one of the famous people who have enjoyed living, working,
and playing in North Carolina. Get all the details on IASD's 27th annual
conference to be held in Asheville, NC, 27 June through 1 July 2010, at
www.asdreams.org/2010 And don't forget, the deadline for submissions
has been extended to 15 December 2009
CHEROKEE POWWOW -
POST CONFERENCE EVENT
Extend your 2010 conference visit and witness the
nation’s largest Powwow of the year in Cherokee, beginning the day after the
conference, July 2, and culminating with Western North Carolina’s finest
fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 4.
Powwows feature authentic Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. They are
hugely popular social gatherings within Native communities and a great chance
for visitors to experience the colorful and explosive energy that brings people
from across the country to catch this dynamic event.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 per
person; children under 6 free. Three-day passes are $25; “4th of July Pass”
online only; multi-attraction and hotel discount ticket packages are available.
The Indian Fair Grounds is at 545 Tsali Blvd in Cherokee, NC, about 50 miles
west of Asheville.
Cherokee, N.C., is the 2006 Travel Attraction of the Year as named by the
Southeast Tourism Society. Cherokee’s cultural attractions include the Museum of
the Cherokee Indian, interpreting the tribe’s history in the Southern
Appalachian Mountains; Oconaluftee Indian Village, a living representation of a
1700’s Cherokee village; and the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, showcasing
traditional and contemporary crafts and fine art by Eastern Band Cherokee
members. For more information about Cherokee and the Powwow, visit
www.cherokee-nc.com or call 1-800-438-1601.
DR. FRANCES A MENEZES
Dr Francis A. Menezes, Distinguished IASD Member
By Rita Dwyer
IASD luminary, Dr. Francis Menezes, Director of Turiya—Center for Creative
Solutions, passed away on November 3, 2009 in Pune, India after a long illness
which prevented him from traveling to IASD meetings in recent years. After
becoming an ASD member in 1985 and attending our second conference at the
University of Virginia, he remained active in dream studies for the rest of his
life. He served as an ASD Director and was the Founder President of an ASD
affiliate organization, the Indian Association for the Study of Dreams, as well
as the Indian Society for Applied Behavorial Science.
In 1995 when he was the head of the Tata Management and Training Centre, he
hosted an IASD co-sponsored “Dreaming in India” conference organized by Robbie
Bosnak and Anjali Hazarika. Robbie found him to be “a tremendous host, great
support, and one of the original thinkers in our field (dream study)”. Robbie
wrote, “I also remember him most of all, next to his kindness and depth, as the
prime pioneer of working with dreams in business and research.” He also believes
that “Francis Menezes should be recognized as one of the prime instigators of
dreaming for industry and business, a field which needs to be developed further
in his spirit.”
I agree with Robbie and have had the good fortune to have Francis as my friend
since that conference in Virginia. Traveling together from my hometown, Vienna
VA, which is also where his brother lives, we had hours of time to get to know
each other and realize how alike we are in our love of dreams and their
practical applications, as well as our search into deeper spiritual realities.
His book, Dreams and Their Interpretation Made Easy, is a gem, reflective of his
lifetime of studying dreams, examining the various methods for finding meaning,
but ending with a wise and enlightening chapter relating to matters of spirit
and life purpose. He was a lover of peace and worked within his country since
his youth to promote change through non-violent means…a life well-lived and a
model for all of us wherever we live and work and dream. Rest in peace, Francis.
Your friends will miss you.
Further tributes will appear in DreamTime and Dreaming.
EVENTS DREAM SURVEY
Are you dreaming about President Obama, Michael Jackson, or maybe Swine
Flu? If so, this survey is for you. IASD is now collecting dreams of current
events, celebrities, and politicians that are hot in the news. Also you will
find dream information and research related to these topics. Please pass this
link around on your social networks.
http://asdreams.org/docet This month's
Dream Survey Focus: Dreams about Health Care.
Are you a researcher with resources or data on dreams of hot topics and current
events? Contact us at
In This Issue:
2010 IASD CONFERENCE: BRINGING
DREAMS AND COMMUNITY TOGETHER – CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM IASD PRESIDENT, ROBERT WAGGONER
BECOME A PATRON OF THE DREAM!
IASD MAKES MAJOR CHANGES IN ANNUAL PLEDGE DRIVE
MEMBERSHIP NEWS DECEMBER 2009
2009 RESEARCH GRANT AWARD WINNERS
STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS CONTINUE IN 2010
MONTREAL REGIONAL IASD DREAM CONFERENCE
ACTING OUT DREAM LED TO KILLING
Also in this issue:
MEMBER EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
WEB NEWS PLACE
MORE NORTH CAROLINA TRIVIA
CHEROKEE POWWOW - POST CONFERENCE EVENT
OBITUARY: DR. FRANCIS A. MENEZES
CURRENT EVENTS DREAM SURVEY
SPREADING GOOD NEWS ABOUT DREAMS: IASD MEMBERS IN THE MEDIA
PBS NOVA PROGRAM FOCUSES ON DREAMS
2010 IASD CONFERENCE:
BRINGING DREAMS AND COMMUNITY TOGETHER
High quality proposals are invited, particularly those that explore the
conference theme, “Bringing Dreams and Community Together.” We request that
submissions fall into one of the following tracks: Research & Theoretical; Arts
& Humanities; Cultural & Anthropological; Education; Religious, Spiritual &
Philosophical; Clinical; Dreamwork Practice; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid
The deadline for submissions has been extended to 15 December 2009.
Note that the Hot-off-the-Press and Poster Papers may be submitted until 1 March
A Holiday Message from IASD President, Robert Waggoner
BECOME A PATRON OF THE DREAM
IASD MAKES MAJOR CHANGES IN ANNUAL PLEDGE DRIVE
to the fact that in 2008, one hundred percent of donations for IASD's annual
fund-raising Pledge Drive were made online, a decision was made this year to
reduce Pledge mailing costs through the use of post cards rather than a
return-mail package. Soon you will receive a colorful post card reminder in the
This cost reduction has allowed two other major changes for the 2009
Pledge Drive: All IASD members who donate $50 or more to this year's annual
campaign will automatically become Patron Members, with a listing of your name
and donation on the campaign's Patron Page (with your consent only).
Campaign donors will also receive their choice of a 2009 Pledge Donor
button for their lapel or virtual button for their web site. This year's Pledge
campaign graphic is designed by Laura Atkinson. Despite changes in the look of
the 2009 IASD Pledge Drive, the goal is the same.
Major IASD Programs are funded through your contributions to the annual
Pledge Drive: Scholarships for low-income members, particularly students and
conference presenters, to attend annual IASD membership conferences; Research
Grant Awards for funding dream research; Student Awards which provide prizes to
student research and creative presentations, along with an invitation to present
at a conference or in an IASD publication.
IASD's publications: Dreaming, Dream Time, and the online Dream News
receive support from the Pledge Drive; and for those who prefer a general
contribution, donated funds are earmarked for specific projects being
developed...projects such as plans to provide more dream articles online and
work on brief video clips which can be linked to YouTube.
In order to grow to its full potential, IASD's dream needs your support.
It needs your patronage. Become a Patron of the Dream today with a donation at
NEWS DECEMBER 2009
SPOTLIGHT ON THE WHOLE WORLD OF DREAMERS
by Jody Grundy
At the close of this year, 2009, it is my privilege and
pleasure to send special holiday greetings to all of you IASD members around the
world. Though we belong to different nations, different cultures and spiritual
traditions, though we speak different languages and approach dreams from many
and varied perspectives, we share the experience of a unique and rich community
in IASD. This past year a large number of us were fortunate to attend the “Earth
Dreaming” annual conference in Chicago, IL, USA. Awareness of how the earth
itself and its many creatures besides our own species dream and attention to the
messages coming to us about the care for our planet were heightened at that
meeting. And in the Psiberdreaming Conference which was also very well attended
and included a number of you unable to physically travel to the annual
conference, the truly global character of our organization was manifested. Our
dreaming transcended many boundaries and produced new levels of international
exchange among us in the psiber-medium, one that will lead us into ever greater
opportunities of global connections in the future.
As membership chair I have the good fortune shared by Richard Wilkerson, Jean
Campbell, and more recently Jeff Vovilia, our membership team, to see all of
your membership registrations as they come in. I wish it were possible for you
to see them too as it would light up your sense of “who’s here” in this dream
community, one that includes scientists and artists, analysts and poets,
accountants and dancers, old and young, and a community of elders both alive and
deceased but still with us. As our membership grows and expands it also deepens
in its history and complexity. Each of us has joined and continued to be a
member of this dream community because it has been compelling to us either
professionally or personally or both.
Perhaps at this time of the year as we celebrate in our own countries our unique
traditions we can pause to imagine this global community of dreamers and include
in our vision all of earth’s creatures, our fellow dreamers who need us to
listen to the wisdom of our dreaming for their survival as well as ours. Looking
at the full moon in the Western Hemisphere I think how the moon is seen by all
of us around the globe from different perspectives but we mutually enjoy the
nightlight it shines on us. Dreams are sometimes seen as the lunar light within
which illumine our inner lives and paths. At the close of this year, pause a
moment with me to imagine the collective “Dreamlight” of our association.
In the tradition of the Native People of the United States there is a blessing
which concludes a ceremony and wishes people well on their journey path: “May it
May the Dreamlight of all of us shine forth at the close of this year.
May it be so.
Translation Project: International Gateway to IASD
Each month we bring this Multilingual Gateway on our website to your attention
to familiarize you with some of the main languages spoken by our members in
addition to standard English in which we conduct our affairs.
We have added three new languages to our Gateway thanks to these translators:
Finnish (Katya Valli), Dutch (Suzanne Wiltink), and Danish (Kirsten Borum). With
the addition of these languages we have 10 gateways within the International
Gateway. In case you have difficulty opening any of these doors please be sure
to click on the Welcome to IASD text on the language page to go to the
Keep a close eye on the French page for an exciting announcement that will soon
appear there. It will also appear in English on the main IASD pages as well, but
it should be pleasing to our “French Connection” to see their coming ventures
posted in their own language as well as English.
And of course we all share the one great language of dreaming which leads us to
make special efforts to understand one another as we share these dream stories
and reflections on them. Go to the main IASD website homepage and follow the
icons or this address:
Take a look at our exciting membership map where you will see additional info on
events and other aspects of IASD posted in coming months. Here is the web
address and the KEY:
Small blue pin = Member
Large Yellow pin = Regional Contact
hover over yellow pin, tells you short info about that Regional Contact
click on a yellow, get regional contact name(s) and email address
Green Large pin = IASD Sponsored events
Click on the NC one graphic linked to the 2010 website
To find the list of Regional Contact Reps go to the IASD Website. To become a
Regional Contact, or participate in a Regional meet-up contact Jody Grundy,
Membership Chair: email@example.com
Please feel free to contact me or Jeff Vovillia at any time with membership
questions or concerns. If you would like to volunteer to work with the
membership committee please let me know. We always welcome new volunteers. You
are the future leaders of IASD and we want your energy, help and visions.
Jody Grundy, Membership Chair
Jeff Vovillia, Membership Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
GOOD NEWS ABOUT DREAMS: IASD MEMBERS IN THE
and dream researcher, Tore Nielsen, PhD
was interviewed on WebMed. You can preview the article here:
Nicole Gratton, lecturer, sleep hygienist and director of the
International School of Dreams, and Monique Séguin, lecturer,
palliative care nurse present their new book: Les rêves en fin de vie (100
accounts of dreams to ease the Great Crossing Over).
Éditions Flammarion Québec (English version not yet available). This
inspirational book about dreams at the end of life allows readers to face death
and live through a mourning peacefully. It also offers practical tools when
accompanying the dying. The many accounts of dreams illustrate the variety of
images to accommodate the final departure. Before, during or after death, dreams
can bring hope and comfort.
Other information regarding the authors: www.nicolegratton.com
The book is available at: Flammarion, 375 Laurier Ave. W., Montreal (QC) H2V 2K3
member, Dr. Curtis Hoffman gave a talk titled "All Poetry is
But True Dream
Interpretation: Dreams in the Music-Dramas of Richard Wagner" to Dr.
Richard Schweikert's class on the Science and Art of Dreaming at Purdue
University on Friday, November 6th.
president, Olaf Gerlach Hansen is currently managing an
International Conference on Culture and Ecology at the UN Summit on Climate
Change in Copenhagen, Denmark.
member, Rita Dwyer
was one of the presenters at the Forever
Family Foundation’s (FFF) annual conference & spiritual retreat, Life Does Not
End with Physical Death, at the Guest House in Chester, PA, Nov13-15. FFF
scientifically investigates afterlife communication, and Rita’s workshop focused
on the phenomenon of psychopompic dreaming of and with the deceased, as well as
the importance of dreams on all levels of our waking reality.
YEAR OF JEREMY TAYLOR!
Rev. Jeremy Taylor is looking for references about RBD studies
and parasomniac behavior observed under controlled conditions that demonstrate
there was REM occurring during the “acting out”. DreamRev@comcast.net He has
been invited to blog about dreams by Psychology Today upon their receipt of his
new book, The Wisdom of Your Dreams. They have specifically suggested that he
blog about the Welsh sleep/dream murder. Jeremy states, “If there is a lot of
response [to the blog] perhaps they'll consider having more dream related
articles in the future.” To access the blog visit:
A new Book by Jeremy Taylor, Wisdom of Your Dreams: Using Dreams to tap Into
Your Unconscious and transform Your Life is an updated and expanded edition of
his previous book: Where People Fly and Water Runs Uphill (published in 1992).
The book is expanded and contains a new last chapter which looks at the role
dreams play in reflecting the dreamer's individual consciousness and
self-awareness, especially in the area of evolution of collective human
awareness. In addition, it expands on the current definition of lucid dreaming
to acknowledge the full range and potential import of lucid dreaming as another
of the archetypal indicators of evolution and development of the dreamers'
consciousness and psycho-spiritual self awareness. It is published by Tarcher/Penquin
in New York.
Jeremy Taylor’s new comic book about dreams, What Was That all About? A Comic
Book about Dreams and What They Mean is a light-hearted (yet very serious) look
at dreams and the dreaming process. Jeremy likes to draw and loves the graphic
novel/comics format, so this was a natural for him. Looking at visual images
while absorbing ideas intellectually just enriches the process. The book is
available at http://tinyurl.com/yf2a8ff Another comic book by Jeremy will be
available soon. If you like mixing ideas and images, you might also enjoy his
upcoming: Mastering the Art of Projective Dream Work: A Comic Book for Dreamers
and Dream Workers. This will be available from
www.blurb.com/bookstore in early
A new book by Greg Bogart, Ph.D., Dreamwork and Self-Healing: Unfolding the
Symbols of the Unconscious explores archetypal themes and patterns of
transformation and the process of unfolding emotionally charged complexes in
dreams. It explores archetypal figures such as the ouroboros, king, puer, and
wounded healer, as well as numerous examples of cross-gender dream imagery. The
author shows that dreamwork is a natural antidepressant, is effective in
transforming anger, bereavement, couples conflicts and impasses, and aids the
process of individuation. The book explores synchronistic experiences and
spiritual awakening in dreams, representations of the body in dreams, and
breakthroughs into the light of pure awareness. The final chapter, “Taming Wild
Horses,” explores animal dream symbolism and its importance for enhancing our
human sexuality. The book also describes the Dream Mandala, a method of
self-transformation through the union of opposites—the charged polarities of the
Dreamwork and Self-Healing will be of interest to all students of dreams, Jung,
and depth psychology, as well as psychotherapists and psychoanalysts. This book
makes an original contribution to our understanding of dreams, psychotherapeutic
technique, Jungian psychology, and holistic treatment of depression. The author
shows how dreams can be used in couples counseling, group process work, and
brief-term and long-term therapy, as well as showing methods that anyone can
utilize for personal transformation. If Jung were practicing analytical
psychology in the modern era of managed care and short-term treatment, this
might be the book he would have written.
RESEARCH GRANT AWARD WINNERS
The International Association for
the Study of Dreams (IASD) in conjunction with the DreamScience ™ foundation
(DSF) is proud to announce the following research grant award winners for 2009.
There were four finalists out of a field of seven received. All were very
valuable and quite excellent. Unfortunately we were only able to fund two. Thank
you to all seven entrants who contributed very excellent proposals. We hope your
research efforts will continue. Congratulations to these two awardees:
1) Dreaming style and cognitive performance: sleep and emotional information
processing from a neuropsychological and quantitative EEG perspective; $3,000
grant to the Hungarian research team of Róbert Bódizs, PhD, Peter Simor, MSc and
Szilvia Csóka, MSc who will be performing the study at Budapest University of
Technology and Economics, Department of Cognitive Science.
2) Dream incorporation of video game play as a function of immersion; $2,000
grant to the Canadian research team of Jayne Gackenbach and Mathew Rosie who
will be performing the study at Grant MacEwan College Edmonton, Alberta.
The other two finalists, which we unfortunately did not have the finances this
year to fund were:
Self-consolidation in dreams: An investigation of the reminiscence bump, by Dr
Caroline Horton and Ms. Connie Svob at Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK;
and Exploring the relationship between mindfulness in waking and lucidity in
dreams, Robert L. Rider, M.S., Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Every year IASD and DSF work in partnership to provide “seed” grants for dream
research. The objective of this joint granting activity is to stimulate dream
related research and to enhance the “S” or “Study” mission of IASD in supporting
research. The grants are awarded to recipients, based on judging of proposals
received, by a research grant committee composed of seasoned researchers. Those
receiving grants are invited to report the results at annual IASD conferences
and in appropriate IASD periodicals. For more information on submitting a grant
proposal and summaries of the research receiving past awards, go to
www.dreamscience.org/iasd To find out about the call for research grants for
2010 please visit
STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS CONTINUE IN 2010
We are pleased to announce that the anonymous donor who has generously provided
funding for the Student Research Awards for the past 5 years
has graciously agreed to provide matching funds for the 2010 competition. The
IASD Board of Trustees will provide the balance of the funds.
As in previous years, there will be two
$500 awards. The first is for the best student submission of original
scientific research on dreams or dreaming. The second is for the best submission
of original historical, literary, artistic, or theoretical research.
Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to submit papers.
Participants must specify for which of the two awards they are applying.
Participants can submit their papers, preferably through email, at
email@example.com or by mailing the files copied to a CD or a DVD to the IASD
office: IASD-Student Research, 1672 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 by
March 15, 2010. Mark on any mailed box "OK to leave on left porch."
Text submissions must not exceed 6,000 words.
Students should submit text in MS Word, and artwork in .jpg, .tif, or .pdf
formats. Applicants may also electronically submit videos in AVI formats, or
music in MIDI or MPS formats.
Submissions must include a copy of your student ID. Alternatively, you can fax a
copy to the IASD Office at 1-209-724-0889, or scan and email an attachment to
firstname.lastname@example.org Include a note or cover letter indicating entry in the IASD
Student Research Awards.
Winners will be announced at the IASD annual general membership meeting in
Asheville, NC, on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 29th.
Student Research Awards Chair
IASD 2010 Student Awards Committee:
Ann Bengtsson, Ernest Hartmann, Curtiss Hoffman (chair),
Don Kuiken, Jennifer Parker, Craig Webb, Bernard Welt
ACTING OUT DREAM LED TO KILLING
By Mark Blagrove
At Swansea Crown Court on Friday November 20 the case against a man, Brian
Thomas, who killed his wife, to whom he had been married for 40 years, was
stopped when the prosecution was withdrawn. The prosecution argued for a verdict
of not guilty by reason of insanity, whereas the defense argued for a simple not
guilty verdict. The latter view prevailed following expert witness evidence that
Thomas had a long-standing sleep disorder. This was combined with boy racers
driving badly in a car park where the couple were sleeping. Expert evidence
indicated he was also suffering from worsening nightmares as a result of
withdrawal from a prescription. In a nightmare, probably triggered by the
incident with the boy racers, Thomas believed an intruder broke into the
couple's camper van. During the violent nightmare he attacked and fought the
intruder holding him in a headlock - only to wake and find he had strangled his
wife. The verdict of the court was that Thomas killed his wife, who had been his
childhood sweetheart, due to a state of automatism.
PBS NOVA PROGRAM FOCUSES ON DREAMS
By David Kahn
On the whole the Nova program, “What Are Dreams?” was well done and informative.
If there is one criticism to make it is that it tried to cover too many topics
in too little time resulting in less than completely satisfying coverage on any
one topic. The topics included information on the physiology of different stages
of sleep, especially the rapid eye movement (REM) stage. The REM stage is
associated with wake-like brain wave activity, engorgement of the genitals,
increased heart rate, near paralysis, and, of course, dreams. To see a very good
interactive on the different stages of sleep, please go to
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/dreams/ and click on “the sleep-memory connection”
and then on “sleep.”
The usefulness of dreams was another topic covered. This topic included the
threat simulation theory whereby dreams purportedly help prepare us for
threatening events in our wake lives. The usefulness topic also covered
creativity and insight following the REM stage of sleep. And, experiments were
cited that showed that after REM sleep we are better able to make associations
as measured by RAT (remote associative task). Other experiments revealed
subjects’ performance improved on a virtual skiing task after a night of sleep
that included REM. Dream content analysis was discussed and how it could be used
to help learn more about wake behavior.
Another subject covered in the NOVA program was REM sleep disorder in which,
because paralysis fails to occur in REM, one is likely to act out one’s dreams.
Another topic covered in the NOVA program was the finding that people who were
awakened from the non-REM (NREM) sleep stage felt more positive than when
awakened from the REM sleep stage. This was related to the finding that
clinically depressed patients enter the REM stage earlier and spend more time in
REM than non-depressed people.
Another topic included the importance certain indigenous groups place on dreams
by sharing their dreams to help guide their wake behaviors.
Remarks culled from people interviewed on the NOVA program:
Robert Stickgold from the Harvard Medical School, and an IASD presenter, stated
that dreams were fascinating and he would like to understand how we produce
them. He described the Alpine Racer results. Subjects who played this video
game, and then went to sleep, performed markedly better at the game when
re-tested the following morning. Those that dreamed about it performed better,
Deirdre Barrett, IASD member and editor-in-chief of Dreaming, stated that dreams
may have led to some very important insights as we are better able to see
outside the box when dreaming. She cited Mendeleev’s discovery of the periodic
table, and Elias Howe who dreamt where to put the hole in a sewing machine
needle. IASD member, Bill Domhoff, suggested that the ideas might have come from
the waking mind that was reflecting on the dream.
Matthew Wilson, from MIT, described his experiments with rats that had learned
to navigate a maze. Wilson found that the same brain wave patterns occurred
during sleep as occurred while running the maze. One difference he noted was
that during REM the patterns were played out in the same time duration as when
awake, while in NREM the activity was condensed in time.
Sara Mednick from the University of California, San Diego, talked about her
remote associates test. In these experiments, a subject was found to be better
able to make associations after a nap that included REM sleep than after a nap
that did not include REM sleep (or no sleep). REM sleep boosts creativity, she
said. The specific role of dreams in creativity, however, was not addressed.
Anti Revensuo from Turku University in Finland, and an IASD member, theorized
that dreaming is biologically programmed into our brains, that our ancestors
lived in dangerous times, that our ancestors had such dreams and bequeathed them
to us. These dreams helped them survive real life events. Revensuo believes that
present day nightmares may help us prepare for threatening events in our wake
Mark Solms, from the Royal London School of Medicine and past IASD presenter,
talked about patients who no longer dream because of a stroke that caused
lesions to specific areas in the parietal lobes of their brains.
Antonia Zadra, IASD member and keynote speaker for our 2010 conference,
described a data base of 6000 REM and NREM dreams. Zadra talked about the dreams
of a 48 year old man. From this longitudinal series of dreams Zadra was able to
discern a recurring theme of unhappiness. Average occurrence of unpleasant
dreams in middle age men is about 33% vs. the subject’s 80%. Zadra stated that
dreams are relatively transparent; they are most often about wake life concerns.
Patrick McNamara, IASD member and co-editor (with Deirdre Barrett) of the three
volume Dream Science series, stated that more positive feelings were elicited
from subjects after being wakened from NREM sleep than from REM sleep. He
theorized that there were more negative emotions during REM because the amygdala
is more highly activated during REM.
Many topics were covered in too short a time, but because of the good visual
graphics and the clear and articulate way the interviewees covered their topics,
the viewer was gifted with diverse ways of understanding and appreciating dreams
New Members: 6
Ms. Ann Aswegan
Dr. Carol Flake
Mrs. Suzanne Saldarini
Prof. Linda Chalmer Zemel
Ms. Catherine Hemenway
Rev. Holly Benzenhafer Redford
Renewing Members: 19
Mrs. Angela DuPont
Ms. Hilary Beban & Mr. Beban
Mr. Greg Bogart
Mrs. Paule Marie Boucher
Mr. Bob Coalson
Ms. Elizabeth Conrad
Dr. Nigel Hamilton
Dr. Thomas Lane
Mr. Rodrigo Marcus
Ms. Cassandra Matt
Mrs. Valerie McCarney
Ms. Sandy Olliges
Prof. Pietro Rizzi
Ms. Linda Yael Schiller
Mr. Michael Tappan
Dr. Katya Valli
Dr. Laurel Clark
MONTREAL REGIONAL IASD DREAM
IASD members from Montreal will be hosting a one-day conference titled “Reve et
Conscience” (Dreams and Consciousness) Sat., 10 April 2010, at the Centre
Saint-Pierre, 1212 Panet Street, downtown Montreal.
All presentations will be in French. One of the highlights of the program will
feature Monique Seguin and Nicole Gratton
debuting their newly published book Les rêves en fin de vie (End of Life
The organizing committee is composed of Claude Desloges, Nicole Gratton, Monique
Séguin, Angèle DuPont and Laurette Dupuis.
All attended the 2009 Chicago IASD
Conference and they are now putting together an event born from the energy and
enthusiasm they brought home. They are focusing on: 1.developing the local dream
community and stimulating interest in working with dreams; 2.promoting and
developing interest in IASD; 3.developing a network of dreamworkers in Quebec.
To volunteer or register for this event, please contact Claude Desloges at
email@example.com or 514 335 0948
The Dream News will be taking a long winter's nap.
Dream News will not be publishing a January issue. We will resume in February
Happy Holidays from the Dream News Staff:
Laura Atkinson, Jean Campbell, Jacquie Lewis,
Peg Toscanini and Richard Wilkerson.
Contacting and Submitting to IASD Dream-News
|The IASD Dream-News provides late-breaking news, IASD conference information and links to new articles on the IASD Website. Please forward this IASD Dream-News to interested friends and colleagues so they can also sign up for IASD’s free Dream-News.
E-mail Submissions by the first of each month to: Jacquie Lewis, Ph.D., IASD Dream-News Editor
IASD DREAM-NEWS SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The deadline for the IASD Dream-News is the first of each month. Submissions by IASD members should be e-mailed to the IASD Dream-News editor.
Submissions can be submitted in the body of an email message or as an attachment. When sending attachments please include, in the body of the e-mail, your name and an indication that it is an IASD Dream-News item. Acceptable files for attachments are Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format (RTF). E-News articles should be submitted in the following format: Verdana font, 12pt., and black ink. No words should be bolded, underlined, or italicized. Feel free to include photos.
IASD members who would like to inform other members of their presentations, lectures, or workshops should submit their names, the titles of the events, the dates, and locations. Please also include either an e-mail address, website, or phone number so that IASD members can contact you for additional information. Submission of book tour dates and lecture series are limited to the following: individual, contact information, dates, cities, states, or countries.
The IASD Dream-News accepts notices on member media interviews and appearances. Members should include the IASD member name, the name of the show or publication, the date, and the topic discussed.
All IASD member publication submissions should be sent in APA format, which consists of the author(s), date, publication title, journal number and volume (if applicable), and publisher, including city, state, or country if published outside the U.S.
The editor reserves the right to shorten and/or edit articles for clarity and to fit space restrictions.
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