The basic functionality of the Sleep and Dream Database is now in place and ready to use. Some aesthetic tweaks still need to be made, and better export options are in the works, but I’m finally starting to turn my attention from the architecture of the database to its contents. In coming weeks I will upload several new data sets, including the Hall and Van de Castle norm dreams, a new demographic survey from Harris Interactive, and a collection of reports from a small group of people who have been wearing the Zeo sleep manager device while keeping dream journals.
Looking farther ahead, I’d like to collect dream reports from distinctive individuals and/or groups whose waking life concerns could be studied in light of patterns in their dreams. For example, I’d love to study the dreams of serious athletes to learn about their visions of victory and fears of injury or defeat. It would be fascinating to look at the dreams of avid gun owners to understand better the psychological roots of their passion for firearms. I’d be curious to explore the dreams of both prison inmates and prison guards, to get a deeper sense of life on both sides of the penal system.
Now the SDDb is up and running, these kinds of projects are easier than ever to pursue.
If you have suggestions about types of people you think would be good prospects for new research, please let me know. Better yet, if you would like to collaborate in gathering and analyzing dreams from specific groups, I’d like to hear what you have in mind.