Faculty Profile

J. Allan Hobson, MD

J. Allan Hobson, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Other Affiliation(s)

Massachusetts Mental Health Center

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138 High Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Phone 617-734-3812

Email allan_hobson@hms.harvard.edu

Society Memberships

Society for Neuroscience
Society for Sleep Research

Research Interests

Quantifying mental events and correlating them with quantified brain events, with special reference to waking, sleeping and dreaming.

I divide my time between Boston/Vermont and Sicily. In both places, I write books and collaborate on scientific studies of dreaming. I travel extensively to lecture, teach and consult with those who share my interest.


Ralph Lydic, PhD
Helen Baghdoyan, PhD
Subimal Datta, PhD
Michael P. Biber, MD


Michel Jouvet, MD
Frederick Snyder, MD
Elwood Henneman, MD
Mark Altschul, MD

Selected Publications

Hobson JA. REM sleep and dreaming: towards a theory of protoconsciousness. Nat Rev
Neurosci. 2009 Nov;10(11):803-13. Epub 2009 Oct 1. [PMID: 19794431]

Voss U, Holzmann R, Tuin I, Hobson JA. Lucid dreaming: a state of consciousness with features of both waking and non-lucid dreaming.
Sleep. 2009 Sep 1;32(9):1191-200. PubMed PMID: 19750924]

Pace-Schott EF, Hutcherson CA, Bemporad B, Morgan A, Kumar A, Hobson JA, Stickgold R. Failure to find executive function deficits following one night's total sleep deprivation in university students under naturalistic conditions.
Behav Sleep Med. 2009;7(3):136-63. [PMID: 19568965]

Hobson JA. Wake up or dream on? Six questions for Turnbull and Solms.
Cortex. 2007 Nov;43(8):1113-5; discussion 1116-21. [PMID: 18044679]

Scarone S, Manzone ML, Gambini O, Kantzas I, Limosani I, D'Agostino A, Hobson JA. The dream as a model for psychosis: an experimental approach using bizarreness as a cognitive marker.
Schizophr Bull. 2008 May;34(3):515-22. Epub 2007 Oct 17. [PMID: 17942480]

Pace-Schott EF, Stickgold R, Muzur A, Wigren PE, Ward AS, Hart CL, Walker M, Edgar C, Hobson JA. Cognitive performance by humans during a smoked cocaine binge-abstinence cycle.
Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2005;31(4):571-91. [PMID: 16320435]

Hobson JA. Sleep is of the brain, by the brain and for the brain.
Nature. 2005 Oct 27;437(7063):1254-6. [PMID: 16251949]

Kahn D, Hobson JA. State-dependent thinking: a comparison of waking and dreaming thought.
Conscious Cogn. 2005 Sep;14(3):429-38. Epub 2004 Dec 15. [PMID: 16091263]

Quattrochi JJ, Bazalakova M, Hobson JA. From synapse to gene product: prolonged expression of c-fos induced by a single microinjection of carbachol in the pontomesencephalic tegmentum.
Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 2005 May 20;136(1-2):164-76. Epub 2005 Mar 23. [PMID: 15893601]

Pace-Schott EF, Stickgold R, Muzur A, Wigren PE, Ward AS, Hart CL, Clarke D, Morgan A, Hobson JA. Sleep quality deteriorates over a binge--abstinence cycle in chronic smoked cocaine users.
Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2005 Jun;179(4):873-83. Epub 2005 Jan 26. [PMID: 15672273]


Hobson, JA. 2002. Dreaming: An Introduction to Sleep Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hobson, JA and Jonathan Leonard. 2001. Out of Its Mind: Psychiatry in CrisisCambridge: Perseus Publishing.

Hobson, JA. 2001. The Dream Drugstore: Chemically Altered States of Consciousness. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Hobson, JA. 1999. Dreaming as Delirium: How the Brain Goes Out of Its Mind. Cumberland: MIT Press.

Hobson, JA. 1998. Consciousness. New York: Scientific American Library.

Hobson, JA. 1994. The Chemistry of Conscious States: How the Brain Changes Its Mind. Boston: Little Brown and Co.

Hobson, JA. 1989. Sleep. New York: Scientific American Library.

Hobson, JA. 1989. The Dreaming Brain: How the Brain Creates Both the Sense and the Nonsense of Dreams. Scrantan: Basic Books.

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