The Effects of Dream Length on the Relationship Between Primary Process in Dreams and Creativity

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The effects of dream length on the relationship between primary process in dreams and a measure of creativity unconfounded by IQ was investigated in a sample of 93 graduate students using the Auld, Goldenberg, & Weiss (1968) Scale of Primary Process Thought (SPPT) and a modified Wallach-Kogan (1965) creativity battery. Consistent with previous research, total and mean primary process were found to correlate significantly with creativity (r = .28, p < .01 and r = .23, p < .05, respectively). Both significant relationships disappeared, however, once the effects of dream length were partialled out, confirming Wood, Sebba, & Domino’s (1989-90) contention that this relationship may be artifactual. It is suggested that dream length as an individual difference in and of itself may thus be a more fruitful variable to examine in future research investigating the relationship between creativity and dreams.

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