Do we only dream in colour? A comparison of reported dream colour in younger and older adults with different experiences of black and white media

Conscious Cogn. 2008 Dec;17(4):1228-37. doi: 10.1016/j.concog.2008.09.002. Epub 2008 Oct 8.


This study aimed to find out whether differences in the reported colour of dreams can be attributed to the influence of black and white media or to methodological issues. Two age groups, with different media experience, were compared on questionnaire and diary measures of dream colour. Analysis revealed that people who had access to black and white media before colour media experienced more greyscale dreams than people with no such exposure, and there were no differences between diary and questionnaire measures of dream colour. Moreover, there were inter-group differences in the recall quality of colour and black and white dreams that point to the possibility that true greyscale dreams occur only in people with black and white media experience.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aging / psychology*
  • Color Perception*
  • Dreams*
  • Female
  • Habituation, Psychophysiologic*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Television*
  • Young Adult