Decoding the Mystery of Dreams

April 19, 2017

Our culture may describe dreams in poetry and song, but a Creighton University School of Medicine neurologist is interested in dreams as a way to explore human consciousness – even in a movie theater.

Dr. Sanjay Singh, chair and professor of Creighton’s Neurology Department, will lead a discussion about altered states of consciousness after the 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, showing of "Dreams" at Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St., in Omaha.

"One-third of our lives, we sleep, and one-third of our sleep, we dream, so unless we can decode the mystery of sleep and dreams, we cannot understand consciousness," said Dr. Singh.

Dr. Singh, founding director of the Creighton Epilepsy Center, combines dream study with his clinical research on epilepsy, which analyzes the correlation between sleep patterns and seizures.

"Today we are in the era where we have the ability to modulate human consciousness, by using a deep brain stimulator we can now wake people up from a coma," he said.

Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosowa received an honorary Oscar in 1990 for "Dreams," which shows eight different vignettes of dreams from his childhood and adult years.

Dr. Singh’s talk is part of Film Stream’s Science on Screen series in which classic films are paired with local experts in the sciences.