A lot of people keep dream logs, as they like to remember what they dreamed about the night before. Studies have shown, if you read what you dreamed the night before, you are most likely to pick up where your dream left off the night before.
If you are one of those people, do you write down, or even recall what color your dream was in? Not something a lot of people do. You may be surprised if you try to remember, you are either dreaming mostly in color if you are younger than a Gen Xer. However, if you are are an older Gen Xer or baby Boomer you are most likely having a large number of dreams in black and white.
A new study just came out that says depending on your age, you are very likely dreaming in black and white. So why does this happen?
The study goes on to say it has to do with what you watch on TV. You brain picks up on this and adjusts to what you remember because of what you have historically watched on TV. Sounds weird, but according to Thaindian News:
“The researcher observed that only 4.4 per cent of the under-25s” dreams were black and white. The over-55s who had had access to colour TV and film during their childhood also reported a very low proportion of just 7.3 per cent.
However, the over-55 participants, who had only had access to black-and-white media, reported dreaming in black and white roughly a quarter of the time.”
Some people are calling hooey on this research that it is based on what you watch on TV. There is one researcher who poses the question, is it more about your emotions than what you watched on TV.
“Color is as much a symbol as is the imagery in a dream. Color appears to represent the emotional conditions that stimulated a dream or dream image. As with any other symbol, color combines with the imagery to form a more complete “meaning” for the dream image.
Just as the face of your son might combine with the body of a bird to represent some personal meaning such as “my son has left the nest”, color will combine with a dream image to give it greater emotional significance. A red hat would be more expressive of passion, drive and vibrancy, for example, than a colorless hat.” – Bob Hoss, M.S.
Regardless of the reason, it would be an interesting experiment to keep a log of how you dream.