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Bill Domhoff

UC Santa Cruz
Bill Domhoff studied dream research with Calvin Hall at the University of Miami, where he received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1962. Before that, he attended Duke University and Kent State. He has been teaching at UC Santa Cruz since 1965; in 2007, he received the Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award, which honors the post-retirement contributions of UC faculty. Bill has published several articles on dreams in academic journals, some as a co-author with Hall. He wrote a book called The Mystique of Dreams (University of California Press, 1985) that debunks the widespread belief that the Senoi people of highland Malaysia practice dream control and have extraordinary mental health. He shows through anthropological evidence that "Senoi dream theory" -- as Americans know it through best-selling pop psych dream books -- is really American "we-can-do-and-control-anything" ideology. Bill's latest (2003) book on dreams is entitled The Scientific Study of Dreams: Neural Networks, Cognitive Development, and Content Analysis.