Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Barcaro U., Delogu A., Righi M., Virgillito A., Carboncini M. C. A protocol for eliciting dream associations oriented to the recognition of episodic dream sources. In: Dreaming, vol. 26 (1) pp. 79 - 93. APA PsycNET, 2016.
The use of associations with dream reports, although being diffused and greatly useful in psychotherapy, has so far played a limited role in dream research not directly finalized to therapy. On the other hand, it is difficult to investigate a basic property of dreaming, that of establishing connections, without searching for information beyond the dream report: indeed, the simplest and likely most effective way of obtaining this information consists in asking the dreamer for associations. Well-defined and rigorous methods are however necessary for research approaches which aim to achieve a better understanding of how the dreaming mind operates by processing and combining the dreamer's memory sources: we propose an experimental protocol aiming to give a contribution in this direction. This protocol consists in asking the dreamer to complete a form which has been implemented so as to make it easier to recognize the sources of single dreams and to describe the link patterns among the sources; this form has been oriented to the identification of episodic sources, definite in space and time. To be more effective, the method takes advantage of the presence of a researcher while the dreamer is completing the form: the terms of the interaction between dreamer and researcher are subjected to marked restrictions and rigorously defined. The protocol was applied to a homogeneous group of participants; the observed link patterns presented interesting phenomena, whose occurrence was characterized by high statistical significance.
URL: http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=2016-13720-007
DOI: 10.1037/drm0000019
Subject Ontologia
I.2.4 Knowledge Representation Formalisms and Methods

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