Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The interpretation of physiology

Barbara E. Jones a1
a1 Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, and Montreal Neurological Institute, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4 Canada


Not at all self-evident, the so-called isomorphisms between the phenomenology and physiology of dreams have been interpreted by Hobson et al. in an arbitrary manner to state that dreams are stimulated by chaotic brainstem stimulation (an assumption also adopted by Vertes & Eastman). I argue that this stimulation is not chaotic at all; nor does it occur in the absence of control from the cerebral cortex, which contributes complexity to brainstem activity as well as meaningful information worth consolidating in the brain during sleep.

[Hobson et al.; Vertes & Eastman]