"Dream Deprivation": Effects on Dream Content

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Science  09 Sep 1966:
Vol. 153, Issue 3741, pp. 1282-1284
DOI: 10.1126/science.153.3741.1282


Dream content elicited following the selective deprivation of rapid-eye-movement sleep was intensified compared to that elicited under nondeprivation conditions. This effect was observed both for repressers and for sensitizers, but was significant only for repressers. On nondeprivation nights, the dream periods of sensitizers were shorter and their dreams more intense than those of repressers.