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Videos: Lectures, Interviews, Documentaries


Night Wars: The Nightmares of Vietnam Veterans

by David Shapiro & David Notowitz, 1988

In this compelling 25-minute video, four Vietnam veterans suffering from PTSD tell about some of their worst experiences in Vietnam in the late 1960s, and their ongoing struggle with nightmares. The interviews are interspersed with commentaries on PTSD by three experts, and there is also actual footage of the violent sleep disruptions experienced by the veterans.

(Please feel free to embed this video on any site on which it would be of interest to those who suffer from or are studying PTSD.)


Toward a Neurocognitive Theory of Dreams

Berkeley, California, June 2014

Brigitte Holzinger interviews Bill about his neurocognitive theory of dreams. Recorded at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.


The Awesome Lawfulness of Your Nightly Dreams

UC Santa Cruz, April 2008

This UCSC Emeritus Lecture covers all aspects of dream research — with a special emphasis on dream content — and includes numerous graphics.


Dreams in Cross-Cultural & Historical Perspective

UC Santa Cruz, April 1997

This lecture from Bill's class on dreams at UCSC synthesizes cross-cultural findings on how dreams are viewed in pre-industrial societies, emphasizing the parallels with Western thinking. It also summarizes the history of dream theorizing, from the ancient Greeks through the 20th century.


Do Dreams have Meaning?

UC Santa Cruz, April 1994

Bill was invited to give the 28th Annual Faculty Research Lecture of the Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California. This is the section of the lecture about dream research.



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