Analyzing a Long Series of Dreams: A Conference Presentation

A new method of exploring the meaningful patterns in a long series of dreams can shed light on personal relationships, emotional concerns, cultural activities, and spiritual views.

1,001 Nights of Dream Recall

A long series of dreams can offer insights into many aspects of waking life, including personal relationships, spiritual beliefs, and dynamic elements of the external environment.

The 2017 Nobel in Medicine: Good News for Dream Research

Anything that sheds new light on sleep has the potential to shed new light on dreams, since dreaming naturally emerges out of the state of sleep.

How the Enlightenment Went Astray on Dreaming

To create a healthy ecosystem for technologically enhanced dream exploration, we must make sure we accept and trust the philosophical assumptions built into that ecosystem.

Keeping a Dream Journal

One of the greatest values of a dream journal is the way it grows in power and depth over time.

Short vs. Long Dreams: Are There Any Differences in Content?

A word search analysis of a five-year selection from my own dream journal reveals the same consistent patterns of content in both the shorter and longer reports.

The Dreams of a Religious Cult Member

What can a thirty-year long dream journal reveal about the life of an ex-member of a religious cult?

The Study of a 32-Year Long Dream Journal

This long series of dreams offers an amazing opportunity to observe the emotional contours of a woman's life as she makes her way through a challenging and often dangerous world.
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Dreaming Is Play: A New Theory of Dream Psychology

The best way to understand the psychological power of dreaming is to recognize it as a kind of play that promotes the flexibility and adaptive creativity of the human mind.

The Technology of Dreaming in "Falling Water"

"Falling Water," new on the USA Network, goes further than any other television show in exploring the multiple dimensions of dreaming latent within the human mind.

News From the 2016 Annual Dreams Conference

This year's IASD conference included talks on jihadi dreams, emotional processing, gender differences, social cognition, and existential dreams of "sublime disquietude."

Mediated Dreaming

How do new media technologies impact people's dreaming experiences? And how can new digital tools enhance our understanding of dreams?

Electronic Tools for the Sleep Revolution

Arianna Huffington's call for a "sleep revolution" includes an important role for new technologies that monitor and track people's sleep patterns.

The Oldest Surviving Dream Journals

What if the cognitive spark that lit the explosion of Paleolithic creativity was shamanic dreaming, as recorded and preserved in cave paintings?

Beyond the Eclipse of Research on Big Dreams

The time is ripe for a new scientific approach to the kinds of vivid, highly memorable dreams Jung referred to as the “richest jewels in the treasure-house of psychic experience.”

Dreams of Technology

A word search analysis of 16,000 dream reports reveals which kinds of modern technology have most influenced people's dreams in terms of their frequency of appearance.

Dream Tech: New Tools to Awaken Your Dreams

These patterns of dreaming are the low-hanging fruits, the quickest and easiest opportunities to identify direct, objective evidence of meaningful patterns in dream content.

Sleep, Dreams, and Income Inequality

Low-income people tend to have worse sleep, and fewer lucid dreams, than do high-income people. Those are some of the findings from a new demographic survey of the sleep and dream patterns of American adults.

New Empirical Research on Dream Recall and Content

These new articles in the journal Dreaming show the importance of taking age, culture, and external threats into account when trying to understand the nature and functions of dreams in people’s lives.

Algorithms of Dreaming: Google and the "Deep Dream" Project

Google has developed a computer program that spontaneously generates images with "dream-like" qualities. This new technology can help dream researchers by teasing out which specific features in dream vision are related to amplified versions of waking vision.

Lucid Dreaming and the Future of Sports Training

The results of this study clearly showed that practice in lucid dreaming does have real performance benefits that are at least comparable to the benefits gained from other practice modes. Given the power of dreams to simulate reality with amazing intensity and accuracy, the possibilities for further development of this approach seem wide open.

The Sleep and Dream Database

The SDDb is a free, open access resource for empirical dream research using simple yet powerful and highly flexible tools of analysis.

Data Analytics in Baseball and Dream Research

This may be the sharpest distinction between data analytics in baseball and dream research: the former is a relatively closed system, and the latter is a wide open system, perhaps the most wide open system in human psychology.

The Origins of Religion in Dreaming

19th century theorists E.B. Tylor and Friedrich Nietzsche had it right, dreaming is indeed an experiential source of religious beliefs and practices, and the best evidence from 21st century cognitive scientific research backs them up.

Why Sleep Deprivation Is Torture

Prolonged sleep deprivation is an especially insidious form of torture because it attacks the deep biological functions at the core of a person's mental and physical health. It is less overtly violent than cutting off someone's finger, but it can be far more damaging and painful if pushed to extremes.

Tolkien's Dreams, Past and Future

"The Notion Club Papers" (1946) is the clearest indication we have in all of Tolkein's writing of his interest in a variety of dream states and their relationship to waking physical reality.

Dream Scanners

A dream decoder like the one portrayed in the film "Until the End of the World," and the one sought by current neuroscientists, would be a frighteningly powerful tool for extracting memories, thoughts, fears, desires, and other types of psychological information from people against their will.

Digital Dream Research

A new digital word search method has been designed to provide greater accuracy, objectivity, and speed in the study of dreams. The results of this study show that a digital approach can accurately identify many of the same distinctive patterns of dream content found by previous investigators using much more laborious and time-consuming methods.

The Future of Dreaming

We may think of dreaming as a kind of innate technology of the mind, a latent tool for cultivating self-reflective consciousness. This means the future of dreaming will be driven by a single key question: How can we use this tool better? How can we refine it, improve it, and amplify its power?

The Historical Lineage of Digital Dream Research

New technologies have the potential to transform our understanding of dreams, not only for researchers but also for ordinary people who could benefit from having greater access to scientifically grounded, real-time feedback about their own individual dreaming patterns. But at the same time, we have to guard against technologies that can diminish the capacity for dreaming.