Why Do We Sleep and Dream?


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Which of these is true about Freud's theory of dreams?

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1. The activation-synthesis theory is the idea that dreams result from brain activity during _____.

2. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep occurs when we are _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You wake up from a dream where you were in a parade on the moon and riding on the back of a purple elephant. What could that possibly mean? Many theories try to explain why we dream and what those dreams mean. This quiz/worksheet combo will help assess your understanding of sleeping and dreaming. The quiz questions will test you on the various theories of how and why we dream.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on the following aspects of the functions of sleeping and dreaming:

  • REM sleep
  • Theories of dreams
  • Nightmares

Skills Practiced

These assessments will allow students to test their knowledge using the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding various theories of dreaming and interpret the theories correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as manifest content and latent content
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding REM sleep
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about theories of why we dream

Additional Learning

To learn more about how and why we dream, review the accompanying lesson entitled, Why Do We Sleep and Dream? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn various theories on dreaming including psychotherapeutic theory
  • Understand the role of REM sleep in dreaming
  • Describe the importance of sleep