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Dream imagery and emotion


Davidson, JA and Lee-Archer, SK and Sanders, G, Dream imagery and emotion, Dreaming, 15, (1) pp. 33-47. ISSN 1053-0797 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1037/1053-0797.15.1.33


The relationship between prominent visual imagery and emotion within dreams was investigated in relation to E. Hartmann's (1996) contextualizing image (CI) theory and M. Seligman and A. Yellen's (1987) dual imagery theory. Fifty-nine students recorded dreams over a 2-week period and submitted 115 dreams for analysis. Participants recorded ratings of emotion type and emotion intensity in each scene. Prominent visual images were identified and scored for intensity and detail by independent judges. As hypothesized from Hartmann's theory, there was a significant positive relationship between CI intensity and emotion intensity in the CI scene, emotion intensity generally peaked in the CI scene, and dreams containing a CI had higher overall ratings of emotion intensity than non-CI dreams. The result for the correlation of detail of prominent imagery with emotion was inconclusive, with a low positive correlation across CI scenes. This raises the possibility that the CI is not a unitary construct. Copyright 2005 by the Educational Publishing Foundation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Davidson, JA (Dr John Davidson)
UTAS Author:Lee-Archer, SK (Miss Sarah Kathleen Lee-Archer)
ID Code:32810
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-04-08

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