A scientifically sound and thoroughly comprehensible account of what laboratory study has revealed about dreams and dreaming.
This book presents an overview of the methods and results of laboratory dream research: the collection of dreams under various conditions; different methods of dream evaluation; physiological and psychological factors of dream recall; memory sources of dreams; and dreams in different sleep stages.
The main focus is to describe the phenomenology of dreams. What are the common features of dreaming with regard to images, thoughts, and emotions? Where does the dream take place and who enters the dream "theatre"? In what kinds of scenarios do dreamers find themselves?
The authors' evidence is based on dreams collected in their sleep laboratory. Results of analysis of 500 REM dreams are discussed with reference to sex differences, children's dreams, and waking fantasies.
Inge Strauch is at the Psychologisches Institut der Universität Zürich in Switzerland. Barbara Meier is at the Psychologisches Institut der Universität Zürich in Switzerland.
"It is wonderful to have this excellent account of laboratory dream research with Swiss dreamers available in English. Not only does it present new and interesting findings, but it supports the conclusions from American and Canadian laboratories on dreams and dreaming as well." -- G. William Domhoff, University of California, Santa Cruz, author of The Mystique of Dreams
"This work contains a careful presentation of the most important new insights into dreams and dream processes. It is a standard work for the study of dreaming, and, for the future, provides an essential basis to any scientific study of the dream...The book is not only accessible, but offers understanding to the non-specialized reader, both in style and illustrations." — Wolfgang Leuschner, Psyche