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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. pp. 3-6

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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: 21 Apr 2009 16:42
Date: 2008
Page Range: pp. 3-6
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies > Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
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