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What's Your Dream IQ? (Quiz)

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By Katie Waldeck, Care2 Healthy Living

Science is far from completely understanding dreams -- but that doesn't mean we're totally in the dark! Test your knowledge of dreaming in this quiz. Share your answers in the comments if you wish!

Question #1: The most frequently experienced emotion in dreams is:

A. anger.
B. joy.
C. desire.
D. anxiety.

Answer: D. Anxiety.

Humans are thought to dream for a number of reasons, including reducing stress, problem solving and regulating moods. When you're dreaming, you are twice as likely to be experiencing a negative emotion over a positive emotion.


Question #2: On average, people forget what percentage of their dreams?

A. 20%
B. 60%
C. 70%
D. 90%

Answer: D. 90%.

Within 10 minutes of waking up in the morning, you've forgotten 90% of your dreams. A lot of it has to do with your brain chemistry, and the fact that our brain doesn't really need to remember your dreams.


Question #3: True or False: only humans are capable of dreaming.

A. True
B. False

Answer: B. False.

Mammals and even some reptiles and birds have all been observed dreaming.


Question #4: Which of the following external forces can affect your dreams?

A. Smells.
B. Sounds.
C. Bodily Functions.
D. Pain.
E. All of the above.
F. None of the above.

Answer: E. All of the above.

The outside world can affect our dreams. One study in Germany, for instance, showed that foul smells were more associated with bad dreams and nice smells were more associated with good dreams.


Question #5: A Harvard psychiatry professor published the first scientific study on dreams in 40 years, using the addictive video game Tetris to prove that:

A. Video games have a negative impact on our dreams.
B. Our brains never really turn off.
C. Dreaming is used to reinforce learning.
D. None of the above.

Answer: C. Dreaming is used to reinforce learning.

In the study, participants played Tetris and then reported on their dreams -- 60% of them dreamt of the game. You can read more about this fascinating study here.


Question #6: True or False: some people just don't dream.

A. True
B. False

Answer: B. False.

Nope, everybody dreams, every single one of us. The difference is, though, that some of us just never remember our dreams.


Question #7: What's the best way to remember your dreams?

A. Write down your thoughts and worries just before bed.
B. Keeping a dream journal.
C. Play a repetitive game before going to sleep to get your mind rolling.
D. You can't train yourself to remember dreams.

Answer: B. Keeping a dream journal.

As we said before, 90% of our dreams are forgotten within the first 10 minutes of waking. If you write down your dreams as soon as you wake up, you'll be able to preserve your memories. Moreover, by dedicating yourself to keeping a dream journal, you'll be able to remember your dreams better in the future.

More from Care2:
6 Ways to Reap the Health Benefits of Dreams
What Your Sleep Position Says About You
What's Your Sleep IQ?


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