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According to the text, "Infantile amnesia is the inability of adults to retrieve accurate memories before an early age". I have this clear memory of a house we lived in when I was 0-1 years of age. I remember a pond in our backyard and these muskrats that occupied this pond. I told my parents about this and they said this was accurate. So according to infantile amnesia, this is not possible. So I am wondering where I got this memory. In the second paragraph on infantile amnesia, the text says, "it's almost certainly...a false memory". So according to the text, this memory of a pond in my backyard is a false memory. I do not remember when or where I got this memory. This is known as source monitoring confusion or as the Lilienfeld text says, "a lack of clarity about the origin of a memory". I may have seen a picture when I was younger of our old backyard and asked my parents about it, or my parents may have told me about this at a younger age. I am not sure. I wonder how many people have memories of before they were 2-3 and if they actually are trustworthy or not. Has anyone else experienced this, and what was the memory of? Are these types of memories usually episodic memories, explicit memories or implicit memories? My memory would be classified as an episodic memory I believe.

Remembering Dreams

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I rarely remember my dreams when I wake up in the morning, and I have always wondered why this was so. I heard a while back that REM sleep had a lot to do with dreaming. Most nights I usually wake up 4-6 times a night for short periods of time. I always thought that I was waking up right before REM sleep and that's why I wasn't dreaming. After reading the Stage 5: REM Sleep and Dreams section in chapter five in the Lilienfeld text, I found out a little more about my predicament.

According to the Lilienfeld text, REM Sleep is the stage of sleep during which the brain is most active and during which vivid dreaming most often occurs. In a study where rats were deprived of REM sleep, the rats ended up dying within a few weeks. So my hypothesis already seems bogus because if I were actually being deprived of REM sleep I would eventually die. In the textbook, Lilienfeld talks about REM Rebound: when humans are deprived of REM sleep, the amount and intensity of REM sleep increases. When we have REM rebound, our dreams are very intense and vivid. So there is this natural response to REM deprivation that causes us to have even more vivid dreams. These REM rebounds are associated with great nights of sleep and I have had these, but I usually don't remember my dreams.

In the text it says, a lot of people say they never dream. The text also says that when someone is woken up out of REM sleep, most of them report having vivid dreams. Maybe I don't wake up that often when I am in REM sleep. So I do not remember dreaming. In the text, there is a statistic that says that "children under the age of seven or eight recall dreaming on only 20-30% of occasions when awakened from REM sleep compared with 80 to 90 percent of adults. So this probably shows that I usually don't awaken during REM sleep, so I don't remember dreams I was just having.

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