“Dreams of epidemics” are the subject of already popular audience articles and social media posts, as well as a book by Harvard research Deirdre Barrett’s essays.
“There were certainly different lines of evidence that inspired this project,” said Dr., a senior research fellow at philosophy at Monash University. Says Jennifer Windt, who will work on the project with researchers from the University of Cambridge, England and the University of Turku, Finland. . “People seem to be reporting strange dreams, but they usually also think they are dreaming more … and unfortunately often have negative dreams and bad dreams. So that was part of it.”
Participants in the “Kovid on Mind” study, who will be anonymous, keep a dream log and perform “daily mind-boggling tasks” over a period of two weeks.
But first, they will be asked to complete a good questionnaire that examines their mental state, and “concerns specifically with the coronavirus” to tell researchers how people are doing, about the virus. How worried I am, and related to change. Viruses in their everyday lives. ”
The cross-disciplinary project involves cognitive neuroscientists, psychologists and sleep and dream researchers, many of whom study how dreams reflect people’s mental state when awake. “We have team people who have done a lot of work on emotions and dreams … seems to be an ideal opportunity to study the epidemic,” says Vidant.
She says there is already a body of research that suggests that “negatively toned” dreams are associated with issues such as anxiety and depression, and miracles, “to help identify people with mental health issues.” Could a change in dreams be a marker? ”
“We are not interested in interpreting dreams in any sense,” she explains. “It’s really a different approach that tries to achieve objective numbers … It’s really about the amount of change in emotions, and relates them to measures of awakened thoughts and feelings.”
Other researchers will examine the number of reported social interactions of people in their dreams and mind-wandering tasks. “Sapna is proposing that tuning social skills possibly have an evolutionary function,” she says. “We know that many of our interactions have become virtual … How does this affect people?”
“Dream weirdness”, which Wyndt describes as “a technical term for all in which dreams can be weird”, will also be a focus for Melbourne-based PhD student Manelay Kyrberg.
To determine how bizarre, social, positive or negative the dream is, the dreamer reads through reporters and scores using the independent criterion. They rate the occurrence of “conditions of emotion” and “social content”. Any comment that does not become part of the description of the dream – for example the dreamer’s own interpretation – is discarded, and the rats talk to each other to ascertain how they are dreaming. “You need a lot of patience and stickiness for that scoring as well as training,” says Winding. “” Too many dreams are too worldly. ”
Researchers are currently recruiting volunteers for the study – and anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK, Australia or Finland can participate. The study will be open for 12 months. The resulting dataset will contain more than 1,000 dreams and daydreams.
Detention is particularly curious about wandering people’s dreams and minds. “It’s obviously terrible what is happening in Melbourne,” she says. But, “I think this is a particularly interesting period to involve people … How do their dreams relate to changing external circumstances?”
Windt’s own work as a philosopher focuses on “consciousness and cognitive science” – and he is particularly interested in the mind-wandering elements of study. “There’s a huge body of research out there that shows that 30 to 50% of waking lives are wandering brains,” she says. “It really suggests that for the waking life we cannot control our thoughts and attention at all … it is really interesting as a philosopher.”