Sleep-talking is a fascinating and enigmatic phenomenon. It has intrigued ancient and modern observers alike and has become endowed with the cachet of the mysterious, the significant, the portentous, and sometimes of the comic. It has been mentioned by physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, philosophers, writers of fiction, and everyday people.
As described in detail later, spontaneous sleep-talking is much more widespread than has been hitherto realized, and it is now capable of experimental stimulation and modification in the laboratory. Such availability of subject-produced signals closely associated with ongoing sleep and laden with psychological, linguistic, and affective content clearly indicates that detailed study of sleep-talking possesses important potential for new areas of research in sleep mentation, sleep psychophysiology, cognitive and clinical psychology, psycholinguistics, and neuropsychology.
Such assertions do not seem unreasonable. Yet, interestingly, sleep-talking has never received systematic treatment in the scientific literature. Accordingly, this book is the first scholarly, comprehensive treatise dealing with sleep-talking and related phenomena.
The reader will possess in one volume (1) a detailed description of all known laboratory studies and findings on spontaneous and experimentally produced sleep-speech; (2) all known clinical reports and anecdotal observations on sleep-utterance made by intelligent, conscientious individuals; (3) review essays concerning psychoanalytic and cognitive psychological perspectives on sleep-utterance; (4) comprehensive presentations of clinical psychiatric aspects of sleep-utterance including possible therapeutic uses (an area in its barest infancy); and (5) a unique