Psychology Topics: Altered states, dreams, language development,
Storyline: The original story of Alice in Wonderland,
written by Lewis Carroll, tells of a young girl named Alice who falls through a rabbit hole and
enters into a fantasy world. Only at the end of the story do you discover that Alice had been
dreaming the entire adventure. The book has been made into different movies. The most recent 2010
version of Alice in Wonderlan extends the story with Alice coming back as an older teenager.
Teaching With This Movie:
Yes, this is a thing in the field of neurolinguistics and it studies language development and the
use of correct grammar and syntax in deriving meaning from sentences. Read about it and then
plot out the areas of the brain that are responsible for different types of receptive and
expressive language processing.
Research the differences between somnambulism, sleep-talking, sleep paralysis, hypnagogic state,
and hypnopompic state. How are these sleep phenomena different from dream states. Compare and
contrast these sleep phenomena to hallucinations.
How has the study of dream analysis changed over time from Sigmund Freud to present-day dream
interpretation? Describe the different theories that attempt to explain why people have dreams.
What's your opinion: Can dreams reveal hidden truths within a person?
Lewis Carroll suffered from migraines and it has been suggested that Alice in Wonderland
is a product of his headache suffering. Read about Carroll's medical history, as well as the effects
of migraines on cognition and see if you can find a connection.