On Demand Meyerhoff Lecture: The Dreaming Brain

The Meyerhoff Lecture: A Special Complimentary Lecture Hosted By Sheppard Pratt & University Of Maryland

This presentation was originally reviewed on May 12, 2023, and broadcast live online on May 18, 2023, from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM ET. 

The views and opinions expressed by this presenter in this lecture are their own, and do not represent the views of Sheppard Pratt.

In his seminal book, The Interpretation of Dreams, Freud (1900) claimed that dreams are an attempt to fulfil primitive, emotionally-charged wishes that become disinhibited during sleep, and that they do so in order to preserve the state of sleep. He claimed that this is achieved because dreaming entails a diversion of motivational impulses away from the motor systems (which are paralysed during sleep) and a regression of them onto the perceptual systems. This gives rise to a fulfilment of the wish in hallucinatory fashion – that is, in virtual reality, instead of actual reality. Freud claimed also that the hallucinatory wish-fulfilment is disguised and censored, the purpose of which is also to protect sleep (to prevent anxiety, etc.). After Freud’s death in 1939, a succession of discoveries between the 1950s and 1970s about the brain basis of dreaming called all of these assertions into serious question. However, a second wave of discoveries starting in the 1990s and continuing to the present day, suggest that Freud might have been right after all. This talk will summarise the neuroscientific evidence for and against Freud’s dream theory, and conclude that we seem to owe Freud an apology.

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Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and other mental health professionals. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, attendees will be able to:

Explain the brain basis of REM sleep and dreaming.

Identify falsifiable predictions arising from Freud’s hypothesis that dreams are attempts at wish fulfilments which protect sleep.

Define at least one biological function of dreaming (as opposed to a biological function/s of REM sleep).

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 Psychologists
  • 1.00 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
06/16/2023
Course expires: 
06/13/2025

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About the speaker

Professor Mark Solms is Director of Neuropsychology at the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town. He is also Honorary Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the St Bartholomew’s & Royal London Hospital School of Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the American and South African Psychoanalytic Associations. He has received numerous honours and awards, including the Sigourney Prize.  He has published 350 scientific papers, and eight books, the latest being The Hidden Spring (Norton, 2021). He is the authorized editor and translator of the forthcoming Revised Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (24 volumes) and Complete Neuroscientific Works of Sigmund Freud (4 volumes).

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Mark Solms, PhDreports that he has no relationships with any entity producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients during the past 24 months. He will not discuss any products, services, or off-label uses in this presentation.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACEP NBCC clock hours
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Category II credits for Social Workers
  • 1.00 Psychologists
  • 1.00 MNA Contact Hours for Nurses
  • 1.00 Participation
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This presentation was originally reviewed on May 12, 2023, and broadcast live online on May 18, 2023, from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM ET. 

Meyerhoff Lecture: The Dreaming Brain 

Mark Solms, PhD

Director of Neuropsychology

Neuroscience Institute of the University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

 

Originally reviewed May 12, 2023.
Originally broadcast live May 18, 2023, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Enduring Activity Credit Expiration Date: June 13, 2025

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