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    Incidence of Threat in Dreams: A Response to Revonsuo s Threat Simulation Theory. by Malcolm-Smith, Susan; Solms, Mark from Dreaming. 2004 Dec Vol 14(4)
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      Incidence of Threat in Dreams: A Response to Revonsuo's Threat
      Simulation Theory.
      by Malcolm-Smith, Susan; Solms, Mark
      from Dreaming. 2004 Dec Vol 14(4) 220-229

      A. Revonsuo (2000b) proposed an evolutionary theory of dreaming, stating
      it is a threat simulation mechanism that allowed early humans to
      rehearse threat perception and avoidance without biological cost. The
      present study aimed to establish the proportion of dreams containing
      physical threats to the dreamer, whether these represent realistic
      life-threatening events, and whether the dreamer successfully and
      realistically escapes. It also examined incidence of threatening events
      in real life. A sample of most recent dreams was collected (N = 401).
      Only 8.48% of dreamers reported realistic life-threatening events in
      dreams and a realistic escape subsequently occurred in only one third of
      these reports. Actual severe life-threatening events were experienced by
      44.58% of the sample. These findings contradict key aspects of
      Revonsuo's theory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights
      reserved)

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      SEE ALSO REVONSUO ARTICLE IN SCIENCE & CONSCIOUSNESS REVIEW:
      http://sci-con.org/news/articles/20020701a.html

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