We tested the hypothesis that dream content would vary as a function of handedness. Seventy-nine self-reported right-handers and 30 self-reported left-handers provided written descriptions of a recent dream. There were no significant differences between handedness groups in mean word length per dream or in mean theme/word ratios. However, compared to dreams reported by right-handers, the dreams of left-handers were characterized by a significantly greater number of high imagery words and words describing affective states. In addition, left-handers were more likely to report that their dreams did not accurately reflect their everyday life-experience. We conclude that handedness may be an important indicator of dream characteristics.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Mar 1998|
- Dream content