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David Kahn, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry,
Harvard Medical School, Harvard University,
75 Fenwood Road, Boston MA 02115.

United States

Occupation
Physicist
Internet Presence

About David Kahn, Ph.D.

I received my Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1962. My current interests are in understanding the ability of complex systems to self-organize. My interest and current research is aimed at getting a better understanding of the continuum of healthy to dysfunctional brain-based behaviors. My ultimate goal is to help in the development of a neuropsychiatry that combines subjective reporting and data obtained from brain imaging and electrophysiological measurements.
Academic Appointments:

1976 –1981 Visiting Scholar Month – long research appointments Department of Chemistry and Physics (Chair, Ilya Prigogine) Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
1998 Visiting Professor 3 month appointment as at the Konrad Lorenz Institute, Altenberg, Austria
1999 Visiting Professor 3 month appointment as at the Konrad Lorenz Institute, Altenberg, Austria
1998–2004 Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
2004–Present Instructor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

My notes on the IASD

I joined ASD in 1992, in time to participate in the wonderful (and hot!) Santa Cruz Conference. The most compelling aspect of ASD for me has been and is the widely interesting members and the widely ranging interests of the members--from mythic journeying to exploring the connections between brain-body-mind using subjective dream reporting with brain imaging studies taken during waking and during dreaming. Truly ASD is unique in being able to attract such a diversity of interesting people and interesting views and vistas.

 List of dream-related publications and/or web sites where my work is featured.

Kahn, D. The dream as part of an emergent process (2016) Emergence: Complexity & Organization, vol 18, March 31, pp 1-5.

Kahn, D. Brain basis of the self: Self-Organization and lessons from dreaming (2013) Frontiers in Psychology, Special issue Frontiers in Consciousness Research Vol 4:408, 1-11.

Kahn, D., J.A. Hobson. Response to Comments on “Dream Logic – The Inferential Reasoning Paradigm. Dreaming 2012, 22, 78-81.

Kahn, D. Self-Organization from Chaos in Dreams, in Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams. To be published March 2012 by ABC/CLIO Press under the Praeger Press imprint editors P. McNamara and D. Barrett.

Kahn, D. and Gover, T. Consciousness and Dreaming. Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams. To be published March 2012 by ABC/CLIO Press under the Praeger Press imprint editors P. McNamara and D. Barrett.

Kahn, D. The Synthesis of dream sources. International Journal of Dream Research 2011; 4, 84-85.

Hobson, J.A., Sangsanguan, S., Arantes, H. and Kahn, D. Dream logic-The inferential reasoning paradigm. Dreaming 2011; 21, 1-15.

Kahn, D. and Gover T. Consciousness in Dreams. In International Review of Neurobiology. Editors Angela Clow and Patrick McNamara, Elsevier, New York, London, volume, 92, pages 181-195, 2010.

Kahn, D (2007). Metacognition, Recognition and Reflection while Dreaming. In The New Science of Dreaming. Edited by D. Barrett and P. McNamara. Praeger.

Hobson, JA and Kahn, D. Dream Content: Individual and Generic Aspects. Consciousness and Cognition 16 (2007) 850–858

Kahn, D (2006). State dependence of thinking, waking and dreaming. Towards a Science of Consciousness 2006; Tucson 2006 Abstracts.

Kahn, D. (2005) From chaos to self-organization: The brain, dreaming, and religious experience. In: Kelly Bulkeley, editor: Soul, Psyche, Brain: New directions in the study of religion and brain-mind science.. Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2005; pages 138-158

Kahn, D., Hobson, J.A. (2005). State-dependent thinking: A comparison of waking and dreaming thought. Consciousness and Cognition

Kahn, D., Hobson, J.A. (2005). Theory of mind in dreaming: Awareness of feelings and thoughts of others in our dreams. Dreaming,vol. 15, No. 1, 48-57.

Kahn, D. and Hobson, JA (2003). Dreaming and hypnosis as altered states of the brain-mind. Sleep and Hypnosis vol. 5, pp. 58-71.

Kahn, D. and Hobson, JA (2003). State dependence of character perception: Implausibility differences in dreaming and waking consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies vol. 10, pp. 57-68.

Kahn, D. (2003) What can the dreaming tell us about the brain-mind? Presentation and in the Abstracts of the 2003 Association for the Study of Dreams (ASD) conference held in Berkeley, CA.

Kahn, D, Pace-Schott, EF and Hobson JA (2002). Emotion and Cogntiton: Feeling and character identification in dreaming. Consciousness and Cognition vol. 11, pp. 34-50.

Kahn, D. and Hobson, JA (2002). Stereotypical gender-based emotions are not detectable in dream reports. Dreaming Vol. 12, pp. 209-222.

Kahn D. (2002). Erotic and Affectionate Feelings for Dream characters. Presentation and in the Abstracts of the Association for the Study of Dreams (ASD) for the conference held in Boston, 2002.

Kahn, D, Krippner, S. and Combs, A. (2002). Dreaming as a function of chaos-like stochastic processes in the self-organizing brain. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences Vol. 6 pp 311-321.

Kahn, D. (2002). What implausibility in dream characters can reveal about consciousness. Presentation and in the Abstracts of the conference Towards a Science of Consciousness held in Tuscon AZ 2002.

Kahn, D., Stickgold, R., Pace-Schott, E.F. and Hobson, J.A. (2000). Dreaming and waking consciousness: a character recognition study. Journal of Sleep Research vol. 9 pp 317-325.

Kahn, D., Krippner, S., and Combs, A. (2000). Dreaming and the self-organizing brain. Journal of Consciousness Studies Volume 7, number 7, July.

Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F, Stickgold, R., and Hobson, J.A. (2000). Feelings evoked by dream characters: How do these compare to feelings evoked by their waking counterparts? Sleep, 23,A97.

Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F, Stickgold, R., and Hobson, J.A. (2000). "I just know it's John!": Character recognition in dreaming consciousness. Towards a Science of Consciousness Abstracts.

Hobson, J.A., Pace-Schott, E.F., Stickgold, R. and Kahn, D. (1998). To dream or not to dream? Relevant data from new neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, vol. 8, pp. 239-244.

Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F., Stickgold, R. and Hobson, J.A. (1998). Specification of the Activation-Synthesis Model of Dreaming. The Association for the Study of Dreams Abstracts

Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F., and Hobson, J.A. (1997). Amygdala Activation, Emotion and Dreaming. Association for the Study of Dreams Abstracts

Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F., and Hobson, J.A. (1997). Consciousness in Waking and Dreaming: The Roles of Neuronal Oscillation and neuromodulation in Determining Similarities and Differences. Neuroscience 78:13-38

Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F., and Hobson, J.A. (1996). Binding and Consciousness in the Wake and Dream States. Association for the Study of Dreams Abstracts

Kahn, D. and Hobson, J.A. (1995). Coherent Oscillations in the Wake and REM States Suggest a Self-Organizing Brain. Association for the Study of Dreams Abstracts

Kahn, D. and Hobson, J.A. (1994). Unpredictability and Meaning in Self-Organized Dreaming. Association for the Study of Dreams Abstracts

Kahn, D. and Hobson, J.A. (1994). Self-Organization and the Dreaming Brain. Harvard Mental Health Letter 10:3-5

Kahn, D. and Hobson, J.A. (1993). Self-Organization Theory of Dreaming. Dreaming 3:151-178

Kahn D, Deneubourg JL and de Palma A, (1985). Noisy demand and mode choice. Transportation Research, vol. 19B, pp. 143-155.

Kahn, D., Deneubourg JL, and de Palma (1983). A public transportation: A dynamic model of mode choice and self-organization. In: Cities and Regions as Nonlinear Decision Systems. Published by Westview Press, ed. R. Crosby, Pages 63-101.

Deneubourg, JL, de Palma, A, and Kahn D (1982). Fluctuations in demand and transportation mode choice. In Self-organization and dissipative structures. Published by the University of Texas Press, ed. Schieve and Allen. Pges 285-302.

Kahn, D., Deneubourg, JL and de Palma, A. (1981). Transportation mode choice. Environment and Planning A, vol. 13, pages 1163-1174.

Deneubourg, JL, de Palma A and Kahn D. (1979). Dynamic models of competition between transportation modes. Environnment and Palnning A. vol 11, pages 665-673.

Morin, S and Kahn D (1970), Wave propagation in partly ionized viscous plasmas. Physics of Fluids. Vo. 13, pp 2499-2507.

Francis, SH and Kahn D (1970). Wave coupling across a shock wave in a viscous fully ionized gas. Physical Review Vol. 1, pp. 1678-1687.

Morin, S. and Kahn D. (1970). Wave instabilities in partly ionized gases. Physics of Fluids Vol.13. pag es 2635-2643.

Morin, S. and Kahn D (1968). Wave couplling across a density discontinuity in a magnetized plasma. Physics of Fluids. vol. 11, pages 2627-2634.

Francis, SH and Kahn D (1968). Wave coupling across a shock wave in a fully ionized gas. Physical Review Vol. 172, pages 181-192.

Dunphy, KH, Kahn D., and Mintzer D. (1967). Energy coupling at a two-fluid plasma density discontinuity, Physics of Fluids vol. 10, pages 162-171.

Kahn D. (1966). Sound propagation in rarefied gases. Physics of Fluids vol 9, pages 1867-1868.

Kahn, D. and Mintzer D. (1965). Kinetic theory of sound propagation in rarefied gases. Physics of Fluids vol. 9 pages 1090-1102.

Haynes, KA and Kahn, D. (1965). Wave propagation across a two-fluid plasma density discontinuity Physics of Fluids vol. 8 pages 1681-1688.

Kahn, D. (1965). Expansion solutions and wave propagation in partly ionized gases. Physics of Fluids, volume 8, pages 399-412.

Kahn, D. (1964). Longitudiinal wave propagation in fully ionized gases. Physics of Flluids Vol 7, pages 918-919.

Chapters in Books
1. Kahn, D. (2015) Dreaming. In Encyclopedia of Mental Health 2 nd edition, Chapter 22, edited H. Friedman, Elsevier

2. Kahn, D. Self-Organization from Chaos in Dreams, in Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams. (2013) ABC/CLIO Press under the Praeger Press imprint editors P. McNamara and D. Barrett.
3. Kahn, D. and Gover, T. Consciousness and Dreaming. Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreams. (2013) ABC/CLIO Press under the Praeger Press imprint editors P. McNamara and D. Barrett.
4. Kahn, D. and Gover T. Consciousness in Dreams. In International Review of Neurobiology. Editors Angela Clow and Patrick McNamara, Elsevier, New York, London, volume, 92, pages 181-195, 2010.

5. Kahn, D. Metacognition, Recognition and Reflection while dreaming. In The new science of dreaming, Volume 1, 2007. Editors D. Bsarrett and P. McNamara. Prager, London

6. Kahn, D. (2005) From chaos to self-organization: The brain, dreaming, and religious experience. In: Kelly Bulkeley, editor: Soul, Psyche, Brain: New directions in the study of religion and brain-mind science.. Palgrave Macmillan, New York 2005; pages 138-158.

7. Kahn, D., Deneubourg JL, and de Palma A Public Transportation: A dynamic model of mode choice and self-organization. In: R. Crosby editor, Cities and Regions as Nonlinear Decision Systems. Published by Westview Press,1983; Pages 63-101

8. Deneubourg, JL, de Palma A, Kahn, D (1982). Fluctuations in demand and transportation mode choice. In: Schieve and Allen, editors, Self-organization and dissipative structures. Published by the University of Texas Press, 1982; Pages 285-302.

Conference Proceedings and Conference Papers

1. Kahn, D., Emergence of a dream: Implications for functionality, Science of Consciousness, April, 2016,Tucson

2. Kahn, D., Functionality of dreams and emergence, International Association for the Study of Dreaming, Kerkrade, Netherlands, June, 2016 (accepted for presentation and publication)

3. Kahn, D., Dreaming as an emergent process, International Association for the Study of Dreaming, Virginia Beach, June, 2015 (accepted for presentation and publication)

4. Kahn, D., AI systems and a sense of self. International Association for the Study of Dreaming, Berkeley, CA June, 2014.

5. Kahn, D., Science of Dreaming. Harvard Medical School Grand Rounds, November 2013

6. Kahn, D., Dreams that occur in REM and NREM International Association for the Study of Dreaming, Virginia Beach, June, 2013

7. Kahn, D., Neuroscience looks at the brain basis and Jung’s perspective of the self. International Association for the Study of Dreaming, Virginia Beach, June, 2013

8. Kahn, D. Dream formation as a psychological-biological self-organizing narrative. Towards a Science of Consciousness 2012, Tucson

9. Kahn, D. Neuroscience looks at the brain basis and emergence of self. International Association for the Study of Dreaming, Bern, Switzerland 2012

10. Kahn, D. Changes in dream consciousness during sleep. International Association for the Study of Dreaming, Berkeley, CA 2012

11. Kahn, D. Dreams that occur in REM and NREM: Can we explain the wide variety of dreams in the REM and NREM stages of sleep? International Association for the Study of Dreaming, Berkeley, CA 2012

12. Kahn, D. Jazz Improvisation & Dreaming: Similar brain changes found to occur during jazz improvisation & dreaming may underlie creativity of both. International Association for the Study of Dreaming, 2011, Kerkrade, the Netherlands.

13. Kahn, D. Dreams have emergent properties that are not predictable from the elements that self-organize into the dream. International Association for the Study of Dreaming, 2011, Kerkrade, the Netherlands.

14. Kahn, D. REM Network and Dream Consciousness; Default Network and Stimulus-Independent Consciousness, Towards a Science of Consciousness 2010, Tucson.

15 Kahn, D. Dreaming, Lucidity and Mind Wandering, International Association for the Study of Dreaming, 2010, Asheville.

16. Kahn, D. What happens in the brain when we dream, when we daydream? International Association for the Study of Dreaming, 2010, Asheville.

17. Kahn, D. Not Recognizing the Bizarre in Dreams and how this may be Functional. International Association for the Study of Dreaming, 2009, Chicago

18. Kahn, D. Pervasiveness of Feelings and Thoughts while Dreaming: Pervasiveness of Situations that cannot exist when Awake. . International Association for the Study of Dreaming, 2009, Chicago

19. Kahn, D Individual and generic content of dreams. Association for the Study of Dreams 2007

20. Kahn, D Thinking During Dreaming has Two Distinct Components, Association for the Study of Dreams 2006

21. Kahn, D State dependence of thinking, waking and dreaming. Towards a Science of Consciousness 2006; Tucson 2006 Abstracts.

22. Kahn, D Theory of Mind in Dreaming Association for the Study of Dreams 2005; Proceedings

23. Kahn, D Consciousness in Dreaming: Awareness of Feelings n. Towards a Science of Consciousness 2004; Tucson 2004 Abstracts.

24. Kahn, D What can dreaming tell us about the brain-mind? Association for the Study of Dreams 2003; Proceedings

25. Kahn D. Erotic and Affectionate Feelings for Dream Characters. Association for the Study of Dreams 2002; Proceedings

26. Kahn, D. What implausibility in dream characters can reveal about consciousness. Towards a Science of Consciousness 2002; Abstracts

27. Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F, Stickgold, R., and Hobson, J.A. Feelings evoked by dream characters: How do these compare to feelings evoked by their waking counterparts? Sleep 2000; 23: A97.

28. Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F, Stickgold, R., and Hobson, J.A. "I just know it's John!": Character recognition in dreaming consciousness. Towards a Science of Consciousness 2000; Abstracts

29. Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F., Stickgold, R. and Hobson, J.A. Specification of the Activation-Synthesis Model of Dreaming. The Association for the Study of Dreams 1998; Proceedings

30. Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F., and Hobson, J.A. Amygdala Activation, Emotion and Dreaming. Association for the Study of Dreams 1997; Proceedings

31. Kahn, D., Pace-Schott, E.F., and Hobson, J.A. Binding and Consciousness in the Wake and Dream States. Association for the Study of Dreams 1996; Proceedings

32. Kahn, D. and Hobson, J.A. Coherent Oscillations in the Wake and REM States Suggest a Self-Organizing Brain. Association for the Study of Dreams 1995; Proceedings

33. Kahn, D. and Hobson, J.A. Unpredictability and Meaning in Self-Organized Dreaming. Association for the Study of Dreams 1994; proceedings

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