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The Visual Appearance of Dreams: Allan Rechtschaffen and Cheryl Buchignani

Whereas enormous attention has been devoted to the emotional characteristics, cognitive mechanisms, and physiological correlates of dreams, little research has been done on the sensory phenomenology of dreams. For example, during a recent 8-year period, Sleep Research (Chase 1980-1987) listed 110 publications on the neurophysiology of the visual system during sleep and only six publications which were substantially concerned with visual characteristics of dreams. The meaningfulness of the neurophysiological data is necessarily limited by the paucity of data about the corresponding visual experience.