Dr. Ross Levin in the Media

TV & Radio

CBS Good Morning News (television) 10/31/2010
Quelling the Horror of Nightmares (online article w/ link to CBS News video)

National Public Radio (NPR) August 2010
On Point - The Science and Function of Dreams (streaming audio podcast)

National Public Radio (NPR) Summer 2009

Canadian Public Broadcasting (radio) Summer 2009

Fox News (television) 05/12/2009 Reuters
Study Answers Question of Why We Have Bad Dreams

ABC Nightline (television) 05/29/2008
Learning To Fight Chronic Nightmares

Invited Talks and Appearances:

92nd Street Y – October 26, 2010
Featured panel on sleep and sleep disorders Overcoming Your Sleep Struggles w/ Patricia Morrisroe and Dr. Matthew Ebben

Print & E-News

The New Yorker, November 16, 2009
Nightmare Scenario

Ladies Home Journal, Summer 2009

Details Magazine, Summer 2009

Reuters Health eLine, May 11, 2009
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Bad Dreams May Help Process Emotions

New York Times Science Times, October 23, 2007
In the Dreamscape of Nightmares, Clues to Why We Dream at All


Since 1989, I have published over 75 articles in scientific research journals on such topics as: creativity and fantasy, identifying individuals at high risk for schizophrenia, music and dreams, the dream characteristics of traditional and nontraditional women, depression and dreams, sleep in the elderly and the connection with the onset of dementia, the relationship between waking and dreaming thought, phenomenal qualities of consciousness, and the association between waking stress, coping ability and poor sleep. However, the bulk of my efforts have focused on nightmares, emotion regulation and how and why the brain/mind creates images from emotions during sleep. Towards this end, I have recently published a major work on developing a neurocognitive model of how the brain generates dream imagery in one of the top-ranked social science academic journals in the world, the Psychological Bulletin. This work has also received considerable attention in the media and has led to the opportunity to share my scientific research with a much broader audience. Below, I include a sampling of my most recent work – click for PDFs.

Current Directions in Psychological Science (2009) - This paper is a more "user-friendly" synopsis of how dreaming occurs and how stress interferes with this process.

Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (2009) - This paper reviews the brain-based mechanisms involved in dreaming and emotion regulation.

Psychological Bulletin (2007) - This paper reviews over 20 years of research in the area of disturbed dream generation and presents a new model of how the brain/mind regulates emotions by transforming them into pictures (dreams), particularly under conditions of heightened waking stress.

Sleep Medicine Review (2007) - This paper also reviews the literature on disturbed dreaming and presents a shorter version of my dream generation model.

Behavioral Sleep Medicine (2007) - This paper investigates the relationship between self-reported sleep complaints and cognitive decline in a large sample of over 1000 healthy elderly individuals followed over a period of 20 years.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (in press) - This paper investigates whether high nightmare individuals have high levels of somatic distress, a tendency to get emotionally reactive when they have bodily discomfort.

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (2004) - This paper looks at the incidence of personality measures tapping excessive fantasy immersion in a clinical sample of individuals with depersonalization disorder.

Dreaming (2003) - This paper investigates the relationship between various personality variables and the tendency to remember one's dreams.

Sleep (2002) - This landmark paper was one of the first studies to demonstrate that sleep problems become significantly worse and lead to daytime impairment only when one becomes emotionally distressed about the problem when awake.

Imagination, Cognition, and Personality (2001-2002) - This paper looks at the similarities and differences between waking fantasy immersion and dreaming thought.

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Dr. Ross Levin PhD