Sigmund Freud and The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)
Julia Lockheart's illustrations of dreams are drawn onto pages from Freud's (1900) book The Interpretation of Dreams. We use this book because of its importance in the field of scientific dream research. Although there are issues with some of Freud's conclusions, such as that dreams act to preserve sleep, and that they attempt to depict unconscious wishes, his method of free association has been used in many scientific studies of the waking life sources of dream content. An example of the use of the method of associating to dream images to find waking life memory sources is from Baylor and Cavallero (2001); https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11247052
Our aim in the DreamsID procedure is to explore more fully the memory sources that might lie behind a dream, and to explore the effects of having an artwork that is a reminder of that dream. Freud described dreams as 'The Royal Road to the Unconscious'. That might be going too far, but, as dreams often depict emotional matters from waking life (see the Science related posts page on this), the dream images might still be insightful when considered and discussed, just as Freud was claiming.