"In the tradition of dream studies, McNamara breaks new ground for future theories about the nightmare. The nightmare resembles any other adaptive system, in its functional design and the problem it addressed for ancestral populations. For readers, fascinated with the origin of nightmares, the brain's physiology and current trends in neuroscience, McNamara's book offers a concrete and perhaps less bleak look at nightmares." - Examiner.com
About the Author
Patrick McNamara is Director of the Evolutionary Neurobehavior Laboratory at VA New England Health Care System and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. He is also Series Editor for the Praeger series Brain, Behavior, and Evolution. McNamara is trained in Neurocognitive Science. He is a member of the Sleep Research Society and the Association for the Study of Dreams. He is currently researching problems of the evolution and phylogeny of REM and NREM sleep states.