Variety and intensity of emotions in nightmares and bad dreams.

  title={Variety and intensity of emotions in nightmares and bad dreams.},
  author={Antonio Zadra and Mathieu Pilon and D. C. Donderi},
  journal={The Journal of nervous and mental disease},
  volume={194 4},
Nightmares are usually defined as frightening dreams that awaken the sleeper. This study uses the waking criterion to distinguish between nightmares and bad dreams and investigated the variety and intensity of emotions reported in each form of disturbing dream. Ninety participants recorded their dreams for 4 consecutive weeks and, for each dream recalled, noted the emotions present and their intensities on a 9-point scale. Thirty-six participants reported at least one nightmare and one bad… CONTINUE READING