Just added to the SDDb library is A Guide to the Sleep and Dream Database, a text I hope will help to make the resources of the site more accessible to teachers, students, researchers, and anyone interested in dreams.
The guide is the first in a series of what I’m titling SDDb Research Papers. This series will present new findings from projects that use the dream materials and analytic tools of the SDDb. The papers will share works-in-progress in the empirical study of dreams.
Here is the abstract for the first paper:
Intended for newcomers to dream research, this guide offers an introduction to the functions of the Sleep and Dream Database (SDDb), an open-access digital archive that includes tens of thousands of dream reports, along with survey data about sleep, dreaming, and demographic variables. Readers are shown how to use the Survey Analysis and Word Searching functions of the SDDb to study a variety of questions about dreaming. The topics discussed here as illustrations include gender and age variables in dream recall; differences between men and women in the frequency of fear in their dreams; and the meaningful patterns of content in a woman’s long-term dream journal.