the Relationship Between Lucid Dreaming, Dream Emotion, and Morning Mood Via LIWC Analysis

Alam Grewal1*, Madeline Wary1*, Remington Mallett2, Ceri Bradshaw3, Wilfred Pigeon1, Michelle Carr1 1. University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Psychiatry 300 Crittenden Blvd – Box PSYCH Rochester, NY 14642 2. University of Texas at Austin Department of Psychology 108 E Dean Keeton St Austin, TX 78712 3. Swansea University Department of Psychology Singleton Park Swansea, UK SA2 8PP

A lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer is aware of the fact that they are dreaming. The ability to have lucid dreams can have positive effects including fostering better overall wellbeing and assisting in the treatment of chronic nightmares. However, there has been little research on the characterization of lucid dreams compared to negative dreams or nightmares, which are known to have a negative impact on mood. This experiment involved 27 participants, all of whom kept a one-week dream diary, and practiced two cognitive techniques daily to attempt to induce lucid dreams. Every morning, participants rated their subjective sleep quality (1-7 scale), reported a dream, indicated subjective ratings of negative and positive dream emotion (1-9 scale), completed a 19-item lucidity questionnaire, and completed the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule to assess morning mood. We previously showed in subsets of this sample that dream lucidity corresponds with more positive dream emotion, and positive morning affect. We here additionally show that more negative dream emotion corresponds with poorer sleep quality and more negative morning affect. We also conducted Linguistic Inventory and Word Count (LIWC) analysis, a text-based analysis that counts words in reports based on different psychological categories. It was observed that, according to LIWC categories, more negative dream reports included more she/he/they pronouns, more negative emotional tone, male references, less friends and higher overall word count. There were no significant relationships between dream lucidity and LIWC categories. Further research exploring the relationship between dream content, dream emotion and morning mood may provide insight into the modulation of emotional states during sleep.  

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Alam Grewal

Institution: University of Rochester

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6581