Dreams and Gender
> 6/15/2007 2:34:48 PM

Contrary to the popular belief that mens' minds are far more focused on sex than womens', a study conducted by Dr. Antonio Zadra PhD, a researcher at the University of Montreal, found that 8 percent of both genders' dreams involve some kind of sexual activity.

To bust the myth, Zadra solicited the help of 173 individuals, who were all around 30 years old. For one month he had them log the details of their dreams in a dream diary. The results revealed that of the 3,564 dreams reported, 292 included sexual content.

Zadra's results also revealed that sexual intercourse was the most common type of sexual content in the dreams, followed by sexual propositions, kissing, fantasies and masturbation. However, the frequency of each type changed depending on the gender of the dreamer.

In a press release on Eurekalert, Zadra proffered an explanation for this difference:

"Observed gender differences may be indicative of different waking needs, experiences, desires and attitudes with respect to sexuality. This is consistent with the continuity hypothesis of dreaming which postulates that the content of everyday dreams reflects the dreamer's waking states and concerns that is, that dream and waking thought contents are continuous."

Zadra's findings were presented this week in Minneapolis at Sleep 2007, a venture of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society.

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