ASD Dream News
 Renew/Become a Member                                                                            Volume 7, No. 10

DECEMBER 2009

  In This Issue:

Contact:
IASD Office
office@asdreams.org
209.724.0889

Dream-News Editor
jacquie@asdreams.org

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IASD MEMBER EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD


WEB NEWS PLACE

Web News Place expands: Websites, FaceBook, and Blogs. Oh My!

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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.

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Brenda Ferrimani
hosts FaceBook page:
Notes From a Dreamer


MORE NORTH CAROLINA TRIVIA

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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

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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.


OBITUARY:
DR. FRANCES A MENEZES

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In memoriam:
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.


CURRENT EVENTS DREAM SURVEY
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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 office@asdreams.org

 

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

NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIPS

 

2010 IASD CONFERENCE:
BRINGING DREAMS AND COMMUNITY TOGETHER
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS


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 Submission Categories
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 Dreams.

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 2010.


A Holiday Message from IASD President, Robert Waggoner

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BECOME A PATRON OF THE DREAM

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IASD MAKES MAJOR CHANGES IN ANNUAL PLEDGE DRIVE

Due 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 mail.

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 www.asdreams.org/pledge2009

MEMBERSHIP 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 be so.”
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 translation.

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: http://www.asdreams.org/languages


Membership Map
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
http://www.asdreams.org/languages/membermap.htm

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Regional Representatives
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: grundyj@fuse.net

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 grundyj@fuse.net
Jeff Vovillia, Membership Assistant jallenvov@yahoo.com



SPREADING GOOD NEWS ABOUT DREAMS:  IASD MEMBERS IN THE MEDIA

tore neilsonIASD member and dream researcher, Tore Nielsen, PhD was interviewed on WebMed. You can preview the article here: http://tinyurl.com/ybuohlq 


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).

Les reves en fin de vie

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
514 277-8807
info@flammarion.qc.ca
http://www.flammarion.qc.ca
Renaud-Bray:
www.renaud-bray.com 
Archambault: www.archambault.ca


curt hoffmanIASD board 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.


olaf hansenFormer IASD president, Olaf Gerlach Hansen is currently managing an International Conference on Culture and Ecology at the UN Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark.


IASD board 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.


THE YEAR OF JEREMY TAYLOR!

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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: http://tinyurl.com/yzbytcq

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 2010.


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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 personality.

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.jayne gackenbach

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 http://dreamscience.org/iasd


STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDS CONTINUE IN 2010

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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 office@asdreams.org 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 office@asdreams.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.

Curtiss Hoffman
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

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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

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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, he said.

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 lives.

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 and dreaming.

NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIPS

Total: 25

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
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MONTREAL REGIONAL IASD DREAM CONFERENCE


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.
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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 Dreams).

The organizing committee is composed of Claude Desloges, Nicole Gratton, Monique Séguin, Angèle DuPont and Laurette Dupuis. nicoleAll 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 claude.desloges@videotron.ca  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 2010.

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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 jacquie@asdreams.org

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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The International Association for the Study of Dreams is a non-profit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the pure and applied investigation of dreams and dreaming. Our purposes are to promote an awareness and appreciation of dreams in both professional and public arenas; to encourage research into the nature, function, and significance of dreaming; to advance the application of the study of dreams; and to provide a forum for the eclectic and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and information.
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