Do Dreams Actually Mean Anything? (NSQ Ep. 59)
Also: why is music so memorable?
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Sigmund Freud (deceased), psychologist and father of psychoanalysis.
- Martin Seligman, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Carl Jung (deceased), psychotherapist, psychiatrist, and father of analytical psychology.
- Franco Harris, former running back in the N.F.L.
- Daniel Kahneman, professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University.
- Emily Pronin, professor of psychology at Princeton University.
- Henry L. Roediger, professor of psychology at Washington & Lee University.
- Paul Rozin, professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology, neurology, neurological sciences, and neurosurgery at Stanford University.
- “The 4 Major Jungian Archetypes,” by Kendra Cherry (Verywell Mind, 2020).
- “Paul McCartney Is Still Trying to Figure Out Love,” by David Marchese (The New York Times Magazine, 2020).
- “Why Your Brain Needs to Dream,” by Matthew Walker (Greater Good Magazine, 2017).
- “Food Preferences, Psychology and Physiology of,” by Paul Rozin (International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2015).
- “Why Does Music Aid in Memorization?” by Heidi Mitchell (The Wall Street Journal, 2013).
- Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman (2011).
- “Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris Next Play Means Big Business,” by Alan Hughes (Black Enterprise, 2011).
- “Signing, Singing, Speaking: How Language Evolved,” by Jon Hamilton (NPR, 2010).
- “Overnight Therapy? The Role of Sleep in Emotional Brain Processing,” by M. P. Walker and E. van der Helm (Psychological Bulletin, 2009).
- “Thought Speed, Mood, and the Experience of Mental Motion,” by Emily Pronin and Elana Jacobs (Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2008).
- Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, by Stephen Dubner (2003).
- Memory in Oral Traditions: The Cognitive Psychology of Epic, Ballads, and Counting-out Rhymes, by David C. Rubin (1995).
- “Conjunction Junction,” by Jack Sheldon and Terry Morel (Schoolhouse Rock!, 1996).
- “Some Exploratory Findings on the Development of Musical Tastes,” by Morris B. Holbrook and Robert M. Schindler (Journal of Consumer Research, 1989).
- “What Is a Dream?” by Martin E.P. Seligman and Amy Yellen (Behaviour Research and Therapy, 1987).
- “I’m Just a Bill,” by Dave Frishberg, Jack Sheldon, and John Sheldon (Schoolhouse Rock!, 1976).
- The Interpretation of Dreams, by Sigmund Freud (1899).
- The Parallel Lives, Plutarch (1579).