Data-mining our dreams
Using computer analysis to decode the meaning of dreams
October 20, 2013
“I have conducted several experiments in “blind analysis,” a technique developed with the help of the psychologist G. William Domhoff at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“Professor Domhoff sends me an electronic file of dream reports from a participant whose identity is hidden from me. Without reading the narratives of the dreams, I upload the file into a computer program (and database) designed for this purpose. The program enables the use of a word-search template to analyze the reports. The template includes categories for perceptions, emotions, characters and many other common features of dream content.
“For each category I compare the word-usage frequencies of an individual’s dreams with those from previous studies of dream content, looking for unusually high or low frequencies that might signal a meaningful connection. Then I make inferences about the person’s concerns, activities and relationships in waking life and send them to Professor Domhoff. He forwards them to the participant, who confirms or disconfirms my conjectures. …
“In studies in 2010 and 2012 that were published in the journal Dreaming, I inferred correctly, based on nothing but the unusual frequencies of certain categories of dream content, that one participant was a newspaper reporter with an active sex life and a pet dog, and that another was an emotionally troubled student who played soccer and was worried about her family. …
“The question then becomes, what else can we learn? How much more might a technologically enhanced system of “big data” dream analysis teach us about people’s lives?”
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