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The Quantitative Study of Dreams

Created and maintained by researchers Adam Schneider and G. William Domhoff at the University of California, Santa Cruz, this Website offers scholarly guidance and research on quantifying what many consider the unquantifiable, dreams. Billed as "containing everything needed to conduct scientific studies of dream," the site offers a detailed explanation of content analysis, instructions for coding the content of dreams, statistical analysis of this coded content, examples of coded dreams, a collection of dream reports from various sources, answers to some objections concerning the validity and objectivity of such analysis, a library of relevant published and unpublished articles about quantitative dream research, an overview of some established results and current projects, and more. It may help the potential visitor to know that the authors of the Website do not interpret individual dreams, nor offer advice on how to do so. Schneider and Domhoff's content analysis is focused more on comparative studies of the contents of dreams across various social parameters, such as gender, culture, and mental illness, and correlations between the contents of an individual dreamer's dreams and the observable phenomena of his waking life. For instance, perhaps not surprisingly, an entomologist was found to have more references to animals (a category that here includes insects) in his dreams than the norm.
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Date of Scout Publication 2001-02-06
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/SocSci/.cs/2001

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