Racial Bias in Dream Content

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Abstract

Students from 2 colleges, one predominantly White college and one predominantly Black college, completed a survey in which they reported aspects of their dream content as well as their degree of experience with various races and TV viewing preferences. The self-reported racial content of their dreams was then compared to their racial experiences in life. The proportions of races in participants' dreams reflected their own race as well as their interpersonal exposure to individuals of various races. There were some observed differences in racial dream content associated with preferences for particular TV genres and overall amount of TV viewing.

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