Lucid dreams: the content of conscious awareness of dreaming during the dream
psychotherapy, imagery, dreams
Adults were recontacted after having participated in a month-long day day-by-day dream recording project and asked to provide additional information about their lucid dreams, that is, awareness of the dream while still in the dream. Two data sources - daily dream tally sheets and the Lucid Dreaming Questionnaire - were then factor analyzed. Several multiple analyses of variance were also computed in order to determine possible structural and contextual differences between lucid dreams and two types of nonlucid dreams, namely, vivid and ordinary. Lucid dreams were found to be structurally distinct phenomena from vivid or ordinary dreams and were primarily characterized by a sense of control and balance. Regarding content differences between these dreams, it was concluded that lucid dreams are more perceptual, emotional and cognitive than their counterparts.
Gackenbach, J. I. & Schillig, B. (1983). Lucid dreams: the content of conscious awareness of dreaming during the dream. Journal of mental imagery, 7(2), 1-14.
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