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magpie
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I was reading an article about why a filmmaker chose black and white over color film, and he mentioned that most people dream in black and white. I did a quick google search and found only anecdotal evidence. Are there any figures or studies to back up a claim like this?
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It seems like the only evidence would be anecdotal- it would all be self-reported data. I know that I dream in color, but that's not very helpful as he only claimed that "most people" dream in black & white. I'm interested to know the answer to this question, too.

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I dream in color.

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http://www.asdreams.org/subidxeduq_and_a.htm

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Are dreams in color?

Most dreams are in color, although people may not be aware of it, either because they have difficulty remembering their dreams or because color is such a natural part of visual experience. People who are very aware of color while awake probably notice color more often in their dreams.



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I dream in Color. Brilliant, vivid, memorable color. Sometimes, even paisley.

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I dream in color. No doubt about it. I also remember my dreams pretty vividly, and often.
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I dream in color. Always have. I also have learned over the years to exercise greater and greater control over what I dream. [Big Grin] It's loads of fun, haven't had a nightmare since I was small, or even a dream that wasn't at least midly fun.

And apparently I can taste too because so far I've tasted soda, alfredo pasta, ice cream, steak, sour apple candy, cheese, cake, chicken, rice noodles, various misc drinks, water, milk, fruits, shrimp, and oatmeal. [Big Grin] Dream food is not as flavoruful as real but I can definately taste it, and it comes in such nice quantities too. I'm weird I know, but it's soooooo much fun.

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I also dream in color.

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I also dream in vivid color.

And I also can taste in dreams. In my experiance, the taste is just as much as real-life.

I also feel in dreams. I feel textures, temperatures, get hurt, etc.

I'm afraid to dream because my dreams are so realistic that I sometimes have to double and triple-check that it was, in fact, a dream.

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One of the things I notably cant do in dreams is read. When I try to look at text in a dream its impossible to focus on it like I suddenly need glasses. But sometimes that won't be an issue because I just automatically know what something says in a dream without actually looking at the words.
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I dream in color. I am also able to read in my dreams...something that some say one shouldn't be able to do. (I'm not sure which of these Google results is a reliable cite)

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I dream in color (Sometimes a monochrome, but its a colorful monochrome like yellow or purple), and taste and smell. I remember smells better than tastes, though.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nocturnal Goddess: In the Honey:
I'm afraid to dream because my dreams are so realistic that I sometimes have to double and triple-check that it was, in fact, a dream.

My SO will do this. He will swear,loudly and insistently, that he has told me something, when in fact, he hasn't, and I have no clue what he's talking about. Then he'll say, "I told you at so-and-so store/place/house, remember?" and we haven't been there in a while, or we weren't there when he claimed. Then he sheepishly admits he may (may!) have dreamed it, only after careful examination of facts.

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/|\ Now I lay me down to sleep....

I dream in color. Granted, it's very muted color, but color nonetheless.

- Pseudo "you can still dream of zebras in black and white" Croat

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I have very vivid dreams. In very vivid color. I can taste, smell, and do a lot of other things too. [Wink]

But, oddly enough, I also cannot read. Go figure.

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I have problems with not knowing if I'm awake or asleep. I not only can read in my sleep, but I also write, though I'm having to work on remembering what I wrote.

The only way I can tell if it's a dream is that I'll start spitting out teeth. That's the only test I can really rely on. However, I've started feeling loose "phantom" teeth in my mouth while I've been awake

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I have problems distinguishing between sleeping and awake as well. I've actually been tested, and apparently I have some really odd sleep patterns, like my lightest sleep pattern is where most people's deepest/dreaming stage is at.

I dream in color, can read, often dream in sign language (technically my first language thoguh I haven't used it in years), and even things that are obvious pointers to it being a dream later (i.e. monsters or being inside a tornado or something, just impossible things) seem perfectly normal while i'm asleep. I also talk in my sleep (like actual conversations with awake people) and am almost impossible to wake up. then again, my sister sleep walks, so it runs in the family.

I've also had dreams were rows of my teeth fell out, which although disconcerting, wasn't really a problem until one day I was eating now and later candies, and one of my baby teeth came out...followed by another, and another, and another.

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I dream in color and I can smell in my dreams. I don't read or taste in my dreams, but I never run across a situation where I need to. I will know I just ate or read if it's important to the story of the dream, but I'll never actually do it in the dream.
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I also dream in color, and whenever I've heard people talk about dreaming in black and white it's been said like that was unusual to them.

When I was younger my mother's friend's sister (Ye gads, that sounds FOAF! She was speaking directly to her, though) mentioned that she'd been dreaming in b&w for awhile. My mother later told her friend she'd read (not sure where, I'm sure it wasn't anything scientific) that that can be a sign of mental stress or trouble. About a week later the friend's sister had a nervous breakdown. Coincidence? Most likely.

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I only ever dreamed in black and white once, and it was set in the world of a black and white movie.

I also have a weird thing that if I realise I'm dreaming, the dream continues, but if I say anything I say it out loud and wake up. If I don't know I'm dreaming, I can talk normally. Is that weird or what?

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I dream in color. The weird thing I've noticed, though, is that I'm as nearsighted in my dreams as I am in real life, so everything turns out blurry.
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I dream in bright beautiful Technicolor. Sometimes I can read and sometimes I can't but I remember being really torqued when I can't read something in my dreams.

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I dream in color also. I also tend to dream in 3rd person (especially when I was younger). I can read in dreams, and I've noticed if I pinch myself in a dream to see if I'm dreaming or not, all that happens is that my dreamself goes "Ouch!" and continues the dream.

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I dream in color also. I also tend to dream in 3rd person (especially when I was younger). I can read in dreams, and I've noticed if I pinch myself in a dream to see if I'm dreaming or not, all that happens is that my dreamself goes "Ouch!" and continues the dream.

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I think the real question is...does anyone dream in black and white? (with the exception of Spooky Cactus who said that it was a specifically black and white movie kind of scenario)

I can do pretty much anything in my dreams. But the most fun ones are where I can fly. The most interesting ones are lucid dreams. Haven't done that in quite a while.

I think I'm too tired to do much lucid dreaming these days. [Razz]

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Riddle me this - did people claim to dream in black-and-white *before* it was invented? I mean, before the advent of photography I would guess that the concept of a monochrome view of things did not exist. Art from that era reflected a "true" (though stylized) impression of the world - probably because there was no photography to capture a "true" image of the world. But nobody painted in black-and-white, and charcoal sketches (or other monochromatic art) were not meant to represent the real world.

So, really, back in the 1700's, did anyone claim to dream in black-and-white?

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quote:
Originally posted by Hero_Mike:
Riddle me this - did people claim to dream in black-and-white *before* it was invented? I mean, before the advent of photography I would guess that the concept of a monochrome view of things did not exist. Art from that era reflected a "true" (though stylized) impression of the world - probably because there was no photography to capture a "true" image of the world. But nobody painted in black-and-white, and charcoal sketches (or other monochromatic art) were not meant to represent the real world.

So, really, back in the 1700's, did anyone claim to dream in black-and-white?

That is a really interesting idea. Not sure if it is true though because what about people who are colour-blind?

Are there people who are "so" colour-blind they don't see any colour at all?

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I couldn't remember when I posted before if I can smell things in my dreams.

A survey of my dreams last night, I can confirm, yes, I definitely can smell in my dreams.

As for the color blindness: my ex brother in law had color blindness so bad that the only real color he could distinguish was yellow. He said everything else was varying shades of muddy grey.

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Most of my dreams are in sepia tones. Some are black and white -- really more shades of gray. This morning's wake up dream was in color.

Back in college, one of my roommates was telling me about her dream which had us three roommates in it. She described in great detail the colors and patterns in dresses we were wearing. That's the first I knew people dreamed in color. I wondered why I didn't dream in color and decided I wanted to. That night, I started dreaming in color. But it didn't last long. I never did figure out why -- did it take more energy for me to do it? did it just not matter to me because I'm not a particularly visual person to begin with? Within a week or two I went back to dreaming in sepia though I do have the occassional dream in color.

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I dream in color. I'm also in the group of people who can taste, feel, smell etc in their dreams. I also incorporate sounds around me in my dreams.

Just yesterday morning, I fell asleep on the sofa while elevating my injured leg and my friend sent me a text message. In the dream I was having, I stopped what I was doing to look at the text message. I woke up muttering how I couldn't see the damn thing. A few minutes later, I got the reminder beep that I did indeed have a text message. [lol]

Frog-my dreams are so exciting that text messages are more interesting-Feathers

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quote:
Originally posted by Hero_Mike:
Riddle me this - did people claim to dream in black-and-white *before* it was invented? I mean, before the advent of photography I would guess that the concept of a monochrome view of things did not exist. Art from that era reflected a "true" (though stylized) impression of the world - probably because there was no photography to capture a "true" image of the world. But nobody painted in black-and-white, and charcoal sketches (or other monochromatic art) were not meant to represent the real world.

So, really, back in the 1700's, did anyone claim to dream in black-and-white?

Hero Mike - I think you're perfectly right. When cinema and/or TV (two media that influence our imagination) were in black-and-white, I guess many more people dreamt colourless dreams.

As for myself, I dream in colours, although I remember some B/W dreams set during WWII. That again might prove your point.

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I think I did dream in black and white once or twice as well when it was set during an earleir time period. Hmmmm, it seems that several people have experienced this.

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I also dream in color and can read in my dreams - in fact, the earliest dream I remember ever having had a pink sky with purple clouds. And the other night, I dreamed I had completely blue skin (and large bat wings [Razz] ). I don't think I've ever had a black & white dream, even though for a while I spent quite a lot of time in college doing black & white artwork and photography.

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I try to read in my dreams but I can't dream words. My dream magazines are filled with letters that don't make words.

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I don't ever remember dreaming in black & white.
Most of my dreams are SO real that I, like NG, get kind of scared by them. Actually about two nights ago I had a dream my father tried to committ suicide by taking pills......
One of my co-workers found this site: http://dreammoods.com/

Though I usually never trust .com sites, this one actually seemed pretty acurate to me!

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