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Children's Dreaming and the Development of Consciousness
by David Foulkes
Harvard University Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-674-11620-7 | eISBN: 978-0-674-03716-8 | Paper: 978-0-674-00971-4
Library of Congress Classification BF1099.C55F67 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 154.63083


David Foulkes is one of the international leaders in the empirical study of children's dreaming, and a pioneer of sleep laboratory research with children. In this book, which distills a lifetime of study, Foulkes shows that dreaming as we normally understand it--active stories in which the dreamer is an actor--appears relatively late in childhood. This true dreaming begins between the ages of 7 and 9. He argues that this late development of dreaming suggests an equally late development of waking reflective self-awareness.

Foulkes offers a spirited defense of the independence of the psychological realm, and the legitimacy of studying it without either psychoanalytic over-interpretation or neurophysiological reductionism.

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