The German term Nervenreiztraum translates loosely as 'nerve-impulse dream'. It was coined in or shortly before 1882 by the German philosopher Heinrich Spitta (1849-1929) to denote a * dream, the content of which is attributable to external perceptual stimuli such as the sound of a door slamming, the sound of rainfall, or the feeling of a cat jumping onto the bed. Because of the indebtedness of the Nervenreiztraum to such external stimuli, Spitta places this sleep-related phenomenon conceptually on a par with * illusions.
   Spitta, H (1882). Die Schlaf- und Traum-zustände der menschlichen Seele. Freiburg i.B: Mohr.

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  • dream —    Also known as sleep dream, night dream, and nocturnal dream. All four terms are used interchangeably to denote an endogenously mediated perceptual experience occurring physiologically during sleep. Dreaming can be defined as the creation of… …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

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