[Listening] Will We Dream About What We Think About?

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Dreams are always so strange. But have you ever thought about the reason for dreaming? Why do those special issues appear in our dreams? Besides, will we dream about what we think about? Wanna know about the answer to the question? Listen to the stuff, and you’ll see!

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Many of you probably think that the more time you spend thinking about something, the more likely you would be to dream about it. A study suggests the ______(1 Word Missing), that if we actively try to suppress a subject, we’re more likely to dream about it than if we were to focus our thoughts on it.
The three hundred plus college students who participated in the study were asked to think of a personal acquaintance before going to sleep. Then a third of the students were asked to focus their thoughts on the person for five minutes, another third were asked to actively ______(1 Word Missing) their thoughts of that person for five minutes, and the last group was asked to think freely about whatever came to mind.
The ______(1 Word Missing) showed up more frequently in the dreams of those students who’d been asked to put the person out of their minds. The psychologists who conducted the experiment hypothesize that suppressed thoughts resurface in dreams because the prefrontal cortex, the area responsible for mental control, is less active during sleep.

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