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Age changes in dream recall in adulthood

Leonard M. Giambra, Rex E. Jung, Alicia Grodsky
1996 Dreaming (New York, N.Y.)  
Dream recall was measured retrospectively with the Night Dreaming Scale of the Imaginal Processes Inventory. Evidence supports a high degree of correspondence among methods which assess dreaming frequency. A cross-sectional sample (17-92 years old, n = 2328) found fewer dreams recalled with increasing age. Women recalled more dreams and showed a less rapid decrease in frequency than men. Longitudinal changes (n = 333) over 6 to 8 years were not wholly consistent with cross-sectional age
more » ... ctional age differences. We found many fewer recalled dreams in senescence. However, the reduction in recalled dreams began well before senescence. Explanations based on dream saliency, long-and short-term memory failure, levels of REM sleep, and degree of spontaneous information processing were considered.
doi:10.1037/h0094443 fatcat:tlskpulx45dv7lyes76esq5wxq