Accession Number : AD0693587

Title :   THE PROGRAMMING (P) HYPOTHESIS FOR REMS.

Descriptive Note : Physical sciences research papers no. 388,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Dewan,Edmond M.

Report Date : JUL 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The adaptive behavior of higher animals is regarded as implying a spontaneous self-reprogramming process taking place in the brain. This process is assumed to be specifically organized to prepare the animal for its current needs. Secondly, it is then hypothesized that an important part of this takes place during sleep. Then the hypothesis is made more definite by assuming that Stage I-REM sleep (a stage of sleep correlated with subjective dreaming) plays an absolutely fundamental role in this process (that is, it is necessary and sufficient for programming to take place). The consequences of this oversimplified postulate are enumerated in the form of experimental predictions (some of which have already received dramatic confirmation). The main content of this report deals with experimental predictions and theoretical implications which fall into six categories: (1) Physical aspects, (2) memory aspects, (3) perceptual and sensory-motor aspects, (4) the role of drives and emotions, (5) homeostatic and biorhythmic aspects, and (6) effects of breakdown of programming. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SLEEP, THEORY), MEMORY(PSYCHOLOGY), BEHAVIOR, PREDICTIONS, PHYSIOLOGY, EMOTIONS, BRAIN, PERCEPTION, MOTOR REACTIONS, SIMULATION, PSYCHOLOGY

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE