REM sleep: A social bonding mechanism

Patrick McNamara

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It is proposed that REM sleep evolved, in part, to promote social bonding between (1) a mammalian infant and the mother and (2) sexual partners. The bonding hypothesis is consistent with the available evidence from psychobiologic studies of the attachment process in infants, with the known physiologic correlates of REM sleep, with the facts concerning the ontogeny and the phylogeny of REM sleep, and with phenomenological properties of dreams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalNew Ideas in Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1996
Externally publishedYes


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