How many people see colored dreams
Colorful dreams - only foams?
According to the scientist, it is possible that people began to dream only gray on gray during this time due to the numerous black and white images on television. "However, everyone sees their surroundings in color every day and it would be strange if, for example, you saw your family members in a dream in shades of gray just because you had previously watched a black and white film," adds Schwitzgebel. The expert therefore suspects that it was not the dreams but only the reports about them that have changed. Either the majority of people dream in black and white and the widespread assumption today that dreams are colored is wrong, or most dreams are colored and the reports from the 1950s are incorrect.
According to Schwitzgebel, proponents of the black-and-white theory can argue as follows: People who had lived before the film age could not claim that they were dreaming in shades of gray - after all, they did not know any films and did not know that something colored could be represented as a black and white image. So they just assumed that the objects and people in their dreams were the same color as when they were awake. But when black and white films came along, people realized that their dreams were exactly like the films. It was only with the advent of color films that there were more people again who mistakenly believed they were dreaming in color.
However, according to Schwitzgebel, this theory has a catch: even before the 20th century there were black and white images of people and animals on pottery and furniture. "If the dreams really consisted only of shades of gray, then people would have been able to compare them with these pictures instead of the colored paintings," says Schwitzgebel. The theory that dreams are colored is therefore more plausible. However, the expert points out a third possibility: Most of the objects and people in the dream are perhaps neither colored nor black and white, but of an indefinite color - like in a book in which an action is described without going into detail about the colors of the objects enter into.
This is also the opinion of the sleep researcher Michael Schredl from the Central Institute for Mental Health in Mannheim. "As a rule, the color of clothing, for example, does not play a role in the dream action, so that people simply do not remember it when they wake up," he explains. The scientist is of the opinion that most people dream in color and that the colors in the dream just have no meaning to those people who claim to dream in black and white. This is supported by the fact, according to Schredl, that art students who dealt much more intensively with colors reported more often about colored dreams.
Sweating is more critical. He thinks that no one can say with certainty whether the objects and persons in the dream were black and white, colored, or of an indefinite color - at least not just based on the mere memory of the dream. Whether the dreamed bananas are yellow and the cherries red or whether the dream world consists only of gray tones remains open, at least for the time being.
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