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History is full of cases where dreams have been a pathway to creativity and discovery. A striking example is provided by Dr. Otto Loewi, a pharmacologist and winner of a Nobel prize. Loewi had spent years studying the chemical transmission of nerve impulses. A tremendous breakthrough in his research came when he dreamed of an experiment three nights in a row. The first 2 nights he woke up and scribbled the experiment on a pad. But the next morning, he couldn't tell what the notes meant. On the third night, he got up after having the dream. This time, instead of making notes he went straight to his laboratory and performed the crucial experiment. Loewi later said that if the experiment had occurred to him while awake he would have rejected it. Loewi's experiment gives some insight into using dreams to produce creative solutions. Inhibitions are reduced during dreaming, which may be especially useful in solving problems that require a fresh point of view. Being able to take advantage of dreams for problem solving is improved if you "set" yourself before retiring. Before you go to bed, try to think intently about a problem you wish to solve. Steep yourself in the problem by stating it clearly and reviewing all relevant information. Then use the suggestions listed in the previous section to catch your dreams. Although this method is not guaranteed to produce a novel solution or a new insight, it is certain to be an adventure. About half of a group of college students using the method for 1 week recalled a dream that helped them solve a personal problem.

Quiz Created by:
Mudasiru Idrees Kolawole
Creation Date: 20 August 2011
1. In the third paragraph, the word steep means
a.to subject thoroughly to.
b.rising or falling rapidly.
c.taking large steps.
d.excessive.
2. The third night that Loewi had his dream, he
a.tried hard to forget the dream.
b.decided to give up his research.
c.wrote notes about the dream and went back to bed.
d.went to his lab and did an experiment.
3. The author probably thinks that
a.inhibitions may stop someone from thinking of useful ideas.
b.college students should not be trying out dream experiments.
c.dreaming is of very little value to most people.
d.Loewi should not have conducted his experiment.
4. If Loewi had thought of the experiment while awake, he would have
a.thought it was a wise idea.
b.tried it out.
c.asked someone else to do it.
d.thought it was a bad idea.
5. The author seems to have a bias in favor of
a.avoiding scientific experiments.
b.inhibitions.
c.eeking creative solutions.
d.avoiding scientific experiments.
6. The author suggests that it is a good idea to
a.read a good book before going to bed.
b.think about a problem before going to bed.
c.get to sleep early each night.
d.try to forget your problems at bedtime.
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