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The Science of Dreaming

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Published on Sep 23, 2012

Dreaming is one of the weirdest things we do & in this SciShow infusion Hank talks about how science is helping us understand why we dream, what our brains are up to when they're doing it, and why dreaming may be critically important to the function of our waking brain. He also touches on the fascinating subject of lucid dreaming. Try to stay awake!

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