Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Dreaming as play

Nicholas Humphrey a1
a1 Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences, London School of Economics, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom [email protected]


Dreaming can provide a marvelous opportunity for the “playful” exploration of dramatic events. But the chance to learn to deal with danger is only a small part of it. More important is the chance to discover what it is like to be the subject of strange but humanly significant mental states.