Activation-Synthesis Theory of Dreams: Definition & Explanation


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The activation-synthesis theory of dreams stems from which approach to psychology?

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1. The area of the brain associated with thought development and processing is

2. Which brain structure is associated with biological and survival functioning?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What is a possible explanation for dreams involving neural activity in the brain? This quiz/worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of how the brain produces dreams.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Which approach to psychology produced the activation-synthesis theory
  • What part of the brain is responsible for thought development and processing
  • The name of the brain structure where basic biological need and survival functioning takes place
  • What dreams are a result of
  • How the activation-synthesis theory explains dreams

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about brain activity during dreams
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of dreams representing specific associations made in the brain
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about dreams in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding areas and structures of the brain

Additional Learning

To learn more about this dream theory, review the accompanying lesson called Activation-Synthesis Theory of Dreams: Definition, Lesson & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain activation-synthesis theory
  • Discuss brain activity during sleep
  • Identify certain areas of the brain
  • Provide specific examples of dream imagery and possible meanings