When dreaming is believing: the (motivated) interpretation of dreams.

  title={When dreaming is believing: the (motivated) interpretation of dreams.},
  author={Carey K. Morewedge and Michael I. Norton},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={96 2},
This research investigated laypeople's interpretation of their dreams. Participants from both Eastern and Western cultures believed that dreams contain hidden truths (Study 1) and considered dreams to provide more meaningful information about the world than similar waking thoughts (Studies 2 and 3). The meaningfulness attributed to specific dreams, however, was moderated by the extent to which the content of those dreams accorded with participants' preexisting beliefs--from the theories they… 

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