Does where you're from change how you dream?

Prof. Sidarta Ribeiro

The study of dreams is a fascinating journey through neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, history and anthropology. How do dreams differ around the world, and what do they tell us about the world itself?

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The study of dreams is a fascinating journey through neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, history and anthropology. Does where you're from change how you dream?

Dreams form part of literature throughout ancient times and the Middle Ages, all the way through to the modern day. In many ways, by sharing our dreams we are sharing our desires and fears - creating the possibility of collective action - which has been hugely transformative in our evolution. But how have we allowed the unconscious human mind to transform the world around us from the point of view of sleep and dreams?

Prof. Sidarta Ribeiro is the author of The Oracle of Night: The History and Science of Dreaming, and founder of the Brain Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. Sidarta joins us in The Garden to explore how dreams differ around the world, and what they tell us about our world itself.

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50 minutes

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The Unconscious Mind

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Prof. Sidarta Ribeiro

Sidarta is a neuroscientist and the author of The Oracle of Night: The History and Science of Dreaming. He's the Founder of the Brain Institute at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil.

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The Unconscious Mind Collection

The unconscious mind is a vast unmapped territory of feelings, thoughts, urges and memories that sit just outside our awareness. Luckily, our intrepid Garden Fellows are at the forefront of exploring it, and they're taking you with them on the journey.