Presents the findings of several years of empirical research involving the use of dreams in therapy and explores the extent to which the authors could use dream material, or even dream interpretation, to influence Ss' recollections of the past. Initial studies investigated whether a gentle suggestion could get people to believe falsely that items that came from their dream reports were words they had seen on a list that had been shown to them earlier in the experiment. Later studies examined whether not-so-gentle suggestions could get people to to believe falsely that items that came from their dream reports proved that they had had certain critical experiences in their childhood. Results showed that Ss could be made to have false beliefs with both gentle and not-so-gentle suggestions. Specific issues addressed include: dream experiences and false memories; self-generated stories and false memories; dream interpretation and false childhood beliefs; remembering danger that never happened; the power of dream interpretation; and from suggestion to belief in memory.
Dreaming, believing, and remembering / Mazzoni, Giuliana; Loftus, Elizabeth F.. - (1998), pp. 145-156.