Students in Cory Scimeca’s Intro to Psychology class are recording their dreams in dream journals.

The idea of these journals is to educate students on the possible meanings of dreams and the theories behind why people dream.

Each student is required to write down at least two of their dreams over the course of the assignment.

Every dream needs a summary, including people, places, repeated phrases or words, songs, objects, problems, emotions, animals or any other things that students deem important.

Once the time to complete the assignment is over, students in the class then help each other analyze the dreams.

They will do things like draw pictures and tell a story about the dream.

The idea of the project is to help students understand why we have dreams and the different theories about dreams.

“I enjoy doing it,” Silja Alexander said, “I think that dreams are really important and can help us understand a lot about ourselves and how we feel about things that go on in our lives. It’s really interesting the way that our mind works through things that happen while we are asleep.”

There are a handful of theories about why we dream. These theories include aiding memory, working through emotional stresses, a reflection on the past day, the brain responding to biochemical and electrical changes, a protective act of the brain working through situations that could happen; the list goes on.

The dream journals can help analyze each of these things individually to see if there is a pattern.

People have dreams even before they are born, believe it or not. Every single person on the planet has dreams, whether or not they remember it.

So, what is the importance of dreams?

Dreams have been correlated with everything from prophecies to random images your brain makes up to help you wind down.

Dream journals are a great way for many people to interpret their dreams and even remember them. Many people have trouble remembering their dreams sometimes.

“It’s a good assignment because students can analyze their own emotions or mental processes through their dreams rather than just reading loads from a textbook about them,” Alexander said.

Scimeca has been doing this assignment for about fifteen years. This gives her a lot of experience looking at the dream journals.

“It is just kind of fun,” Scimeca said.

Although students are expected to take it seriously, dreams are such a gray area of science that this assignment is not very exact. The whole point of it is for students to be aware of the different ideas about dreams and formulate their own opinions and theories about what dreams are and how to interpret them.