Rapid eye movement (REM) dreaming results in “emotionally intelligent encoding,” according to the target article. Building on this, we argue that elaborative encoding alters emotional processing of upcoming events and thereby functions as prospective emotion regulation. After elaborative encoding, future events are appraised differently and result in a redirected emotional response. Disturbed elaborative encoding might be relevant for emotional dysregulation in psychopathology.
Elaborative encoding during REM dreaming as prospective emotion regulation. Westermann S, Paulus FM, Müller-Pinzler L, Krach S. Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Dec;36(6):631-3; discussion 634-59. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13001465.