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January 22nd, 2003
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Dreaming in color
I had heard a while ago that most people don't dream in color. I was telling someone this, and I was not believed. So, I did some poking around on the Information Superhighway (always a dangerous prospect). It should have come as no surprise that there is contradictory information. However, I think the general consensus is that most people dream in color, but it's forgotten if the color is not an important aspect of the dream, if it is not noted right upon waking. I also saw something that suggested that people who pay more attention to color in waking life will remember color more in dream life, and that you can train yourself to remember colors in dreams by focusing on them.

It might be interesting to see some actual studies. Of course, actual studies written by actual scientists might well be unreadable.

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Date:January 22nd, 2003 05:56 am (UTC)
I've always dreamt in color. *shrug*
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Date:January 22nd, 2003 06:07 am (UTC)
I don't know if I dream in full color or not, but there is usually at least one thing that stands out as being in a particular color. Perhaps everything is full color, but it doesn't make enough of an impression for me to remember all of it; my memories of dreams are usually grey-scale (and they often "feel" like they're poorly lit, like it's an overcast evening, or something).
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Date:January 22nd, 2003 06:52 am (UTC)
I had always heard that "creative people dream in color, dull people don't", to the point that one friend of mine would use as an insult, "I bet he dreams in b&w".

I hardly ever remember my dreams at all [0], so I don't know if I dream in color or not. However, shortly after I had my first discussion with the friend mentioned above, I did remember a dream, most of which I forgot, except that it was about a Lion, and that the Lion was a very subtle, unusual, shade of orange/tawny/brown.

[0] I have very odd experiences when I do remember my dreams. The memories are very fleeting, to the point that during the course of the day after the dream, I can remember the dream one way, then later on, remember that I had originally remembered it that way, but now I remember it differently, and so on, until by nightfall I have as many as four distinct memories of how I have remembered the dream throughout the day. In a situation like this, who can talk about something as concrete as "color"?

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