Research Symposium: Dream Imagery Hoss, Murzyn, Gollub, Svob, Kuiken

Content Analysis and Potential Significance of Color in Dreams Robert J Hoss A content analysis of color in spontaneously recalled dream reports was performed in order to investigate the potential significance and stimulus for color in dreams. The analysis was performed on 15,245 dream reports in the database, plus 12,841 dream reports from long-term dream journals. One objective was to determine, to the degree possible from dream content, whether dream color reports simply reflect our waking visual experience or if the colors reported are influenced by neurological or psychological factors. The Colour of Dreams: Age, Media Experience and Visual Imagery Abilities Eva Murzyn Individual differences in frequency of black and white dreaming can be explained in terms of influence of black and white media, or as a result of different dream construction dependent on cognitive style and visual imagery preference. In this talk, I present three studies, relate the results to what we know about visual consciousness, and discuss how the results are relevant for our understanding of how dreams are constructed and remembered. Speculations About Dream Control Dan Gollub Efforts to manipulate a factor or variable and observe its effect on dream content have been a focus of dream research. Efforts also have been undertaken to identify "exotic" (puzzling, unusual, extraordinary, or anomalous) dreams. This presentation proposes that mental exercises carried out in the falling-asleep period can affect both the content and quality of dreams. Four such exercises are presented. Attempts to assess the content and quality of dreams can be undertaken simultaneously with seeking to analyze the meaning of dreams. Dream Remembering: Theory and Measurement Connie Svob, Don Kuiken In what ways and in what forms do dreams continue to be remembered days, weeks, and even years later? To investigate the phenomenon of dream remembering, we designed a new questionnaire to measure and explore the dimensionality of dream remembering. We report the results of an initial study, identifying several emergent factors (e.g., liminal dream re-entry, cued daytime dream recall) that suggest the need for a multi-dimensional theory of dream remembering.