Project Plan- Why do we dream?

Hey everyone, here's my project plan for the first cycle of research for this year. My question for this first cycle is "Why do we dream?"

This has always been a topic of interest for me and the science behind psychology especially dreaming has just always been a topic that I’ve been curious about. Recently, I’ve been having discussions with my friends about dreams and dreams that we have had. Some of the dreams make no actual sense at all, whereas as some are really realistic, so realistic that it has happened to me before where I couldn't remember if something had actually happened or if it was dream. And that has made me start to wonder, why is that?  Like especially for the dreams that don’t make any sense at all, why do we have dreams like that? I’ve personally had times where I’ve had certain dreams repeat, not entirely in the same way each time but the story is basically the same each time as well as the main points. My friends have told me about their dreams and after hearing about it, talking about it and then thinking about it, forms so many questions in my mind.  I feel like doing this research will answer all my questions although after researching and answering questions, I’ll probably be coming up with more questions I want to answer off the new knowledge I had just learnt. I think this research will be super interesting for me to do and hopefully for others to read.

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Research round 1:

For this round of research as it is my first, I will be doing more of an introduction and look into the basics of dreaming. I will be covering the following:

- What is a dream?

- What is the whole process of dreaming( like what happens in our brain while we are dreaming, what happens in the rest of our body,etc.)

- The memory of dreams( like why do sometimes we remember them and sometimes we don’t)

Research Round 2:

For this research round, I’ll be looking more into the dreams itself.

-What are different kinds of dreams?(such as lucid dreams, nightmare, daydreams, etc.)

-Do certain types of dreams have different meanings?

- How does the brain generate the content/story in our dreams?

Research Round 3:

For the final research round of this cycle, I will be covering the following:

-Do sleep disorders affect dreams? If so in what way?

- Are there sleep disorders that only affect our dreams?

- How do dreams affect people in their everyday lives?

Potential resources:

https://www.psychologytoday.co...bout-dreams-answered

http://www.berkeleywellness.co...tions-about-dreaming

https://science.howstuffworks..../what-are-dreams.htm

https://www.webmd.com/sleep-di...de/dreaming-overview

https://cafeausoul.com/dreams/...i-hohne/types-dreams

https://www.psychologytoday.co...swers-about-dreaming

https://steemit.com/science/@n...ain-generates-dreams

https://psychcentral.com/lib/9...out-dreams-answered/

https://www.lifehack.org/artic...-not-know-about.html

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If you have any ideas, suggestions, potential websites or anything feel free to leave a comment! Thanks for reading!

Original Post

Hi Rhea!

That's a very interesting topic, one that I've always wondered about myself. I find that sometimes, my dreams will be about something related to what has been happening around or to me in real life, whereas sometimes it will be just the most random things ever and I'm not sure how I even dream up of the things I do sometimes. Another thing you may be interested in looking into is time perception with dreams. That is, how does the amount of time that seems to pass by in our dreams compare to how long we're actually dreaming?

Here are a few websites to get your research started:

https://science.howstuffworks..../why-do-we-dream.htm

https://www.scientificamerican...cle/why-do-we-dream/

http://www.dreaminterpretation...stages-of-sleep.html

Good luck!

Hey Rhea!

Awesome! Your project plan is really organized and super easy to read. I am especially excited for your second round of research, particularly about how you are going to look into daydreams. We've all been there when we are in the middle of a conversation with someone: our minds drift off and we start thinking about something else completely random. It's gets even more embarrassing when they even realize we heard absolutely nothing of what they've said. That's when we all discover that our minds have been wandering off the task that we've gotten at hand. I've always wondered why our brains do that. I remember reading something interesting how some researchers believe that we, humans, spend about half our waking hours day dreaming! That is mind boggling! 

I'm doing a small portion of my cycle on sleeping and dreaming. If you want, you can look into the stages of sleep (phases of REM and NREM). I personally find circadian rhythms one of the most interesting topics you could look into. It is simply changes that happen to us that follow a daily cycle. It can be physical, mental and even behavioral. In relating to your topic, circadian rhythms help control and determine our sleep patterns. It's where the body's internal clock releases a hormone that makes you feel sleepy -  which is really cool.

 

Here are some websites that may help you out:

https://news.nationalgeographi...cience-health-brain/

https://www.nigms.nih.gov/educ...ircadianRhythms.aspx 

 

Good luck on your future rounds of research.

-Alison

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