Evidence for the preferential incorporation of emotional waking-life experiences into dreams.

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Malinowski, J. and Horton, Caroline L. 2014. Evidence for the preferential incorporation of emotional waking-life experiences into dreams. Dreaming. 24 (1), pp. 18-31.
AuthorsMalinowski, J. and Horton, Caroline L.
Abstract

The continuity hypothesis of dreaming states that waking life is continuous with
dreams, but many of the factors that have been postulated to influence wake–dream
continuity have rarely been studied. The present study investigated whether certain
factors—emotional and stressfulness intensity, and certain types of experiences—
influence the likelihood of a waking-life experience being incorporated into a dream.
Participants (N � 32) kept dream diaries and waking-life experience logs for 14
consecutive days, and waking-life experiences were matched to dream reports.
Waking-life experiences that were incorporated into dreams were significantly more
emotional, but no more stressful, than those that were not incorporated into dreams.
Major daily activities were incorporated significantly less than the combination of
personally significant experiences, major concerns, and novel experiences. Results are
discussed in terms of dream functionality, particularly in relation to a postulated
emotional memory assimilation theory of dream function.

JournalDreaming
Journal citation24 (1), pp. 18-31
ISSN1053-0797
Year2014
PublisherAmerican Psychological Association for International Association for the Study of Dreams
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CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1037/a0036017
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1037/a0036017
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Print01 Mar 2014
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Deposited09 Aug 2017
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