Dream Reports During the COVID-19 Pandemic Reflect Mental Suffering and Fear of Contagion

COVID-19 Pandemic Dream Reports

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Artwork from the volunteers (impressed by their goals in the course of the pandemic). Credit: Natália Mota

Dreams in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown replicate psychological struggling (anger, unhappiness) and concern of contagion, in accordance with a brand new Brazilian examine.

COVID-19 Dream Reports

Are dream experiences from the Covid-19 pandemic interval completely different from dream experiences previous to the pandemic?. (A) Data assortment timeline (audio recordings of goals reported by way of smartphone software), and illustrative examples of two translated dream experiences by the identical participant, one earlier than and one after the Covid-19 pandemic. Words in pink kind are linked to feelings and phrases in blue kind are semantically related to the phrases “contamination” and “cleanness”. (B) Flowchart displaying group composition. (C) Representative examples of computational evaluation of dream experiences by the identical individuals earlier than and after the Covid-19 pandemic. Credit: Mota et al, 2020 (PLOS ONE, CC BY 4.0)

Dreaming in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic: Computational evaluation of dream experiences reveals psychological struggling associated to concern of contagion.

The present international menace introduced on by the Covid-19 pandemic has led to widespread social isolation, posing new challenges in coping with steel struggling associated to social distancing, and in shortly studying new social habits meant to stop contagion. Neuroscience and psychology agree that dreaming helps individuals to deal with damaging feelings and to study from expertise, however can dreaming successfully reveal psychological struggling and modifications in social conduct?

To deal with this query, we utilized pure language processing instruments to review 239 dream experiences by 67 people, made both earlier than the Covid-19 outbreak or in the course of the months of March and April, 2020, when lockdown was imposed in Brazil following the WHO’s declaration of the pandemic. Pandemic goals confirmed the next proportion of anger and unhappiness phrases, and better common semantic similarities to the phrases “contamination” and “cleanness.”

These options appear to be related to psychological struggling linked to social isolation, as they defined 40% of the variance within the PANSS damaging subscale associated to socialization (p = 0.0088). These outcomes corroborate the speculation that pandemic goals replicate psychological struggling, concern of contagion, and vital modifications in each day habits that straight influence socialization.

Reference: 30 November 2020, PLOS ONE.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0242903


  • NBM, MC and SR acquired monetary assist from Boehringer-Ingelheim (grants FADE/UFPE 270,906 and 270,561);
  • SR, MC and CR acquired monetary assist from Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq; CNPq.br) PVE grant 401518/2014-0, Universal grants 480053/2013-8, 408145/2016-1, 439434/2018-1, 425329/2018-6 and Research Productivity grants 308775/2015-5, 306659/2019-0, 301744/2018-1 and 310712/2014-9;
  • SR and MC acquired monetary assist from Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES; capes.gov.br) Projects OBEDUC-ACERTA 0898/2013, PROEX 534/2018 and STIC AmSud 062/2015;
  • MC acquired monetary assist from Fundação de Amparo à Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado de Pernambuco (FACEPE) grant APQ–0642–1.05/18;
  • SR and MC acquired monetary assist from Center for Neuromathematics of the São Paulo Research Foundation FAPESP (grant 2013/07699-0).

The funders had no position in examine design, knowledge assortment and evaluation, determination to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

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