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Handedness and dream-recall frequency

Schredl, Michael, Beaton, Alan A., Henley, Josephine and Blagrove, Mark 2013. Handedness and dream-recall frequency. Dreaming 23 (2) , pp. 156-162. 10.1037/a0032210

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The ability to recall a dream upon waking up in the morning has been linked to a broad variety of factors such as personality, creativity, sleep behavior, and cognitive function. As dreaming has been associated with the right hemisphere, it has been proposed that left-handed persons would have easier access to their dreams. However, previous empirical data support an association of dream-recall frequency with right-handedness. In the present sample of 1,375 participants, right-handedness and mixed/inconsistent handedness were associated with higher dream-recall frequency than were left-handed persons (especially pronounced in the subgroup of adolescents), partly confirming previous findings. As handedness is related to other factors such as preterm birth, which can affect brain functioning, a broad battery of cognitive tests would be desirable to further characterize samples of left-handers, right-handers and persons with inconsistent handedness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Publisher: American Psychological Association / Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 1053-0797
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 15:13

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