First Advisor

Gerald Guthrie

Term of Graduation

Fall 1980

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology









Physical Description

1 online resource (4, vii, 116 pages)


A cognitive-behavioral technique for developing dream control was examined. Twenty paid subjects were randomly assigned to either an attention-placebo control group or a cognitive-behavioral training group. Subjects met in the respective groups for a total of three hours of "training." Subjects in the actual training group were presented with a self-instruction sequence to practice and use in attempting to manipulate dream content. The control group subjects met to only discuss dreams and dreaming and were given no specific instruction in content control. After completion of the training, each subject individually spent two consecutive nights in a sleep laboratory. The first night of sleep served as an adaptation night, and the second night constituted the posttest portion of the experiment. Prior to going to sleep on the posttest night, all subjects were randomly assigned one of five possible topics to dream about throughout the night and were awakened during every REMP in order to provide a dream report. Eighty-one reports were obtained and given to two independent, "blind" judges for scoring. These judges were requested to match each report with the appropriate topic, evaluate the degree of control present, and rate each report on a measure of dream-like quality.


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