Students’ dreams studied: men like sex
By Mark Weir
Finding out what our confusing and often mysterious subconscious
is thinking was the subject of a recent study on the dreams
of university students. The study has since ignited the interest
of students across the country.
About 1,400 students from the University of Alberta, McGill
University and Trent University participated in a questionnaire
about what the mind does when we decide to get some shut-eye.
“[We were] trying to get at the basic dimensions of
dreams,” said the study’s lead author, Tore Nielsen.
Nielsen, the director of the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory
at Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur in Montreal, said the
most common dreams of university students involve being pursued,
sex, falling and school.
The mysterious nature of dreams is what inspires researchers
to try to make sense of them, said King’s College philosophy
and religious studies professor James Schmeiser. “Dreams
will always reflect our environment,” he said. “[They]
have an extremely significant impact on our daily lives.”
Dreams can also elicit strange emotions, explained second-year
administrative and commercial studies student Taryn Laing.
She said she often incorporates her professors into her dreams. “It’s
almost like you can’t get away from them.”
The study also showed that while there are similarities among
students in their responses, differences arose depending on
sex and location of the students, Nielsen said. Men seem to
dream about sex more often than their female counterparts,
Third-year philosophy student Jessica Payne said she agreed. “[When
dreaming about sex], they would want to remember,” she
Apart from sex, women generally seem to be more in tune with
their subconscious, Nielsen said. “Women seem to be more
interested in their dreams than men,” he added.
Interested students can fill out the questionnaire at www.jtkresearch.com/dreamlab.