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


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.