We have recently begun partnering with the Dreamboard team, a tool that allows users to track and analyze their dreams over time. Dreamboard is unique in that it has manifested into a database of over 250,000 dreams, a number that is much higher than most scientific studies on dreams. Additionally, this number is growing by the thousands each month. Users label their dreams as pleasant, neutral, unpleasant, or nightmare, can choose themes and emotions that match their dreams, add relevant colors, people, and how they are present in the dream. They can keep a  journal and an ongoing record of their dreams, allowing them to find patterns and trends on their own and interpret what they see. They can also add narratives as to what goes on in their dreams, and this is where the beginning of a rich dataset and potential insight into the nature of dreams occurs. Currently, we are taking these narratives and pulling out those we believe to be nightmares. We will come up with a coding system, analyze the nightmares, and then begin linking the narratives with demographic data to see what can be found. This will be one of the largest datasets of nightmares to date and we are excited to see what we can discover about nightmares. You can check out Dreamboard and try it out here.

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