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Laboratory references in dreams: Methodological problem and/or evidence for the continuity hypothesis of dreaming?

Schredl, Michael

In: International Journal of Dream Research, 1 (2008), Nr. 1.

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Incorporation of laboratory elements into dreams elicited in the sleep laboratory is a methodological problem, i.e., the measurement technique affects unwittingly the object of measurement (dream content). On a theoretical level, the occurrence of laboratory references, however, fits in the framework of the continuity hypothesis of dreaming. Reviewing the literature revealed that there is a strong effect of the experimental setting on dreams and that emotional involvement may explain inter-individual differences regarding the incorporation of laboratory elements. Investigating the effects of the laboratory setting on dream content seems to be a powerful tool for studying continuity between waking and dreaming in a detailed way.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Dream Research
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Date Deposited: 26 May 2008 08:43
Date: 2008
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit
Subjects: 050 General serials and their indexes
Controlled Keywords: Traum
Uncontrolled Keywords: TraumforschungDream content , Laboratory references , Continuity hypothesis
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