Sleep-Talking: Psychology and Psychophysiology

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Clinical Classifications of Sleep-Utterance Syndromes
From a nosological viewpoint, two useful questions regarding sleep-utterance are:
1. May sleep-vocalization occur in psychologically "normal" people? And with what pathological conditions has sleep-utterance been observed?
2. How might sleep-utterance phenomena be classified so that clinical and laboratory observations, as well as psychological theoretical considerations, can be related in an intelligible manner?
In attempting to answer the first question, a survey of the clinical literature was made from the first half of the 19th century until the present, and note was made of each reference to sleep-talking with regard to concurrent clinical conditions specifically designated as varieties of morbidity or of good health. The results gave rise to the following classification:
A. Primary idiopathic sleep-talking: sleep-talking unaccompanied by other sleep disorders, significant psychopathology, or an organic disease (see Andriani, 1892; Arkin, 1966; BaRuelos, 1940; Bleuler, 1923; Bregman, 1910; Gastaut, 1967; Goode, 1962; Kleitman, 1963; Kraepelin, 1906; Landauer, 1918; Massarotti, 1950; Moll, 1889; Oswald, 1962; Pinkerton, 1839; Schilder & Kauders, 1956; Skinner, 1957; Thomas & Pederson, 1963; Trömner, 1911a, b; Vogl, 1964).
B. Sleep-talking accompanying and/or reflecting serious psychic conflict, environmental stress, and/or classical psychiatric conditions but occurring in the absence of other sleep-disorder syndromes (see Andriani, 1892; Arkin, 1966; Bañuelos, 1940; Bleuler, 1923; Bregman, 1910; Cameron, 1952; Clardy


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