Paper by Bergman and co-authors on the dreams of Polish Auschwitz survivors from before, during and after World War 2
Just published & very interesting. Monica Bergman, Oskar MacGregor, Henri Olkoniemi, Wojciech Owczarski, Antti Revonsuo, Katja Valli. University of Turku, University of Skovde, University of Gdansk. Content analysis of dreams of 632 Auschwitz survivors: dreams from before WW2, during imprisonment, & after WW2. The paper is published in the American Journal of Psychology. www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/amerjpsyc.133.2.0143?seq=1
War-related & threat dreams were more common after the war than during imprisonment. Family & freedom dreams were more common during imprisonment than after the war. The paper discusses which theories of dream function & post-trauma nightmares can account for this & which can't, focussing on the emotional processing that the dream is doing at that time. To this discussion we would add that consideration be given to the effects of dream-sharing, such that sharing during imprisonment a dream of one's prior life and identity aids the encouragement of social bonding and empathy during the terrible circumstances of the concentration camp, whereas, after the war, sharing dreams of the concentration camp encourages social bonding and empathy towards the dreamer and for what they have experienced.
This New Scientist article investigates the effects of Covid-19 and the Lockdown on dreaming, and includes a description of the DreamsID collaboration and our online events for healthworkers during the Lockdown. The article is illustrated by one of Julia's paintings of a Covid doctor's dream, the quails' eggs dream.
Article on the science and research background to the DreamsID collaboration, in the Autumn 2019 edition of Dream Time, magazine of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.
This book surveys the current science of dreaming, and then details methods, case studies and theories of the use of dreams in psychotherapy. We are honoured that two artworks from DreamsID are reproduced in Chapter 9, Avenues of Exploration: Visual Art and Technology, and that the theory and practice of the DreamsID art science collaboration are described in that chapter.
One of the aims of the DreamsID collaboration is to increase empathy towards the dreamer through the discussion of the dream and through the discussion of the artwork depicting the dream. We have now published the first study on the relationship between dream sharing and empathy, in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. The paper can be seen and downloaded here.
This paper addresses how long it takes waking life experiences to be incorporated into dreams. Personally significant events are found to have a different timescale of incorporation than major concerns and the more everyday activities. This provides evidence that dreaming has some emotional processing and memory consolidation function.
Our paper "Insight from the consideration of REM dreams, non-REM dreams and daydreams", authors Mark Blagrove, Chris Edwards, Elaine van Rijn, Alex Reid, Josie Malinowski, Paul Bennett, Michelle Carr, Jean-Baptiste Eichenlaub, Shauna McGee, Katie Evans and Perrine Ruby, has been published by the American Psychological Association journal Psychology of Consciousness. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cns0000167
Our paper titled 'Incorporation of recent waking-life experiences in dreams correlates with frontal theta activity in REM sleep' has been published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
We will be presenting 'Testing the empathy theory of dreaming: the relationship between trait empathy and positive attitude towards dreams and the frequencies of listening to and telling dreams', authors M. Blagrove, S. Hale, J. Lockheart, M. Carr, and A. Jones, in Basel this September.
Paper on benefits of sharing dreams, to be given at the 35th annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Scottsdale, Arizona, 16th - 20th June 2018
A new theory of dream function: Telling dreams enhances empathy towards the dreamer
Mark Blagrove, Michelle Carr, Alex Jones, and Julia Lockheart
Presentation summary: We propose that dreaming has been selected for during evolution so that the fictional emotional simulation can be told to others after waking. The benefits of the simulation to the dreamer occur not during sleep but due to enhanced interpersonal bonding and, in particular, enhanced empathy towards the dreamer.