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Do animals dream? If so, do they remember?

Pete Wedderburn


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Sleeping animals twitch and vocalise during dreams.

Sleeping animals twitch and vocalise during dreams.

Sleeping animals twitch and vocalise during dreams.

Dreaming is one of those aspects of life that remains mysterious. Some people dream a lot. Others not at all. Some have vivid, surreal, intense dreams. Others have vaguer rehashes of normal daily events.

Scientists have different theories about what dreams mean. My favourite idea is that dreams represent the brain’s effort to classify, reorganise and file away information from the previous day, as well as doing general junk cleaning from your consciousness. A bit like a computer scanning programme, checking file systems to make sure that everything is neat and ordered.


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