Season 37, Episode 8 What Are Dreams?

First Aired: November 24, 2009

Possible purposes of dreams are explored via the work of neuroscientists and sleep researchers, who employ neurological and psychological experiments to learn what dreams are and why they occur. The investigation includes MIT's Matthew Wilson, who "eavesdrops" on the minds of sleeping rats, and explains how scientists try to do the same with humans.

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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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