High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Robert W. McCarley, MD,
is Chair and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and
the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is also Director of the
Laboratory of Neuroscience located at the Brockton VA Medical
Center and the McLean Hospital. McClarley is a prominent researcher
in the field of sleep and dreaming as well as schizophrenia.
McCarley graduated from Harvard College in 1959 and Harvard Medical
School in 1964. During his residency at Massachusetts Mental Health
Center, he studied with J. Allan Hobson. In 1977, Hobson and
McCarley developed the activation synthesis theory of dreaming that
said that dreams do not have meanings and are the result of the
brain attempting to make sense of random neuronal firing in the
cortex. McCarley has extensively studied the brainstem mechanisms
that control REM sleep. Additionally, he has studied the build up
of adenosine in the basal forebrain following sleep deprivation.
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