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New rationales and methods for quantitative dream research outside the laboratory.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9646385     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Laboratory studies of dreams are now at a low ebb, but past laboratory studies provide a basis for the belief that some kinds of non laboratory studies, those that focus strictly on dream content, may be useful for scientific purposes. Further, the collection of Most Recent Dreams from individuals in specific types of groups, along with the use of dream journals from individuals, can supply the necessary sample sizes needed for reliable findings (100-125 for groups, 75-100 for individuals). An Excel 5 spreadsheet has improved the accuracy and speed of data analysis with the well established and widely used Hall/Van de Castle coding system and is available on the World Wide Web. A bar graph called the h-profile, based on percentage deviations from norms and generated automatically by the Excel 5 spreadsheet, makes it much easier to grasp comparisons of different groups or individuals on many content indicators. Findings with the Hall/Van de Castle system showing age, gender, individual, and cross-cultural similarities and differences suggest that these new methods of data collection and analysis provide a valid and low-budget way to further the understanding of dream content.
G W Domhoff; A Schneider
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sleep     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0161-8105     ISO Abbreviation:  Sleep     Publication Date:  1998 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-10-22     Completed Date:  1998-10-22     Revised Date:  2009-01-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809084     Medline TA:  Sleep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  398-404     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychology Department, University of California, Santa Cruz 95064, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dreams / physiology*
Freudian Theory
Jungian Theory
Sleep, REM / physiology*

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