December 2015
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Annual Pledge Drive Underway

2016 IASD Annual International Conference at Kerkrade, The Netherlands:

• Deadline for Presentations December 15

• Keynote Speakers Announced

• Call for Volunteers and Dream Art Submissions

• The Ernest Hartmann Award for Student Research

Regional News


Members in the Media

Hot off the Press

November Membership Total: 37

IASD Office

Linda H. Mastrangelo, Editor
Janet Garrett, Copy Editor
Laura Atkinson, Design and Layout
Richard Wilkerson, IASD Office Manager
Jean Campbell, Executive Committee Advisor
Robert P. Gongloff, Editorial Consultant


Here is something all dreamers can do for IASD and the world of dream, at no extra cost.

To the many of you who have web sites and blogs that are dream-related, this year add the IASD logo to your page information and mention IASD in your blog posts. This action not only indicates your support of the world's premiere dream organization, but helps to bring the work of IASD to the attention of your readership. A link with IASD also brings all dream information to the top of web rankings . . . a gift.

1) Right click on the special IASD logo above.
2) Choose “Save image as…”
3) Save to your computer.
4) Upload to your blog and link back to


IASD member Sherry Puricelli is inviting Connecticut (and nearby) dreamers to join their new Facebook Page called IASD CT Dreamers. The page was created to provide a place where members can share events, information and especially local dream happenings. This page is open to the public, so feel free to invite other dreamers in and around CT who you think might be interested.

In this issue, Hot Off the Press explores dreams about women’s health and aging. The intention of this column is to publish links to evidence-based scientific articles on the study of dreams that are written for a non-research audience.


The most common five characteristics of warning dreams in descending order of frequency reported in the survey were: a sense of conviction about the importance in 94 percent; more vivid, real or intense than ordinary in 83 percent; an emotional sense of threat, menace or dread in 72 percent; the use of the specific words breast cancer/tumor in 44 percent; and the sense of physical contact with the breast in 39 percent. In more than half of the cases, the dreams prompted medical attention, were shared with consulting doctors, provided the location of the tumors, and led directly to diagnosis.



The present study supports and extends previous research on the developmental differences in women’s dreams across the lifespan. The participants included 75 Canadian women in each of 5 age groups from adolescence to old age including 12–17, 18–24, 25–39, 40–64, and 65–85, totaling 375 women. One dream per participant was scored by two independent judges using the method of content analysis. Trend analysis was used to determine the ontogenetic pattern of the dream content categories. Results demonstrated significant ontogenetic decreases (linear trends) for female and familiar characters, activities, aggression, and friendliness. These patterns of dream imagery reflect the waking developmental patterns as proposed by social theories and recognized features of aging as postulated by the continuity hypothesis. Limitations and suggestions for future research including the examining of developmental patterns in the dreams of males are discussed.




Ann Aswegan
Griffin Bates
Cindy Bishop
Bonnie Buckner
Jo Caragh
Claude Desloges
Mostafa Dini
Nancy English
Shuhei Enomoto
Ziona Friedlander
Marty Gegner
Rosemary Gosselin
Marsha Hudson
James Kenney
Donna Mazzola
Diana McKendree
Sandra Olliges
Cynthia Pearson
Peter Ribbens
Lise Robillard
Monique Seguin
Asha Sahni
Line Salvesen
Linda Schiller
Patricia Spangler
Susan Stember
Alan Underwood
Katja Valli
Robert Wolff
2 Anonymous


Diane Cvetic
Elaine Kennis
Teresa Klein
Ave Minajeva
Anna Nandraziova
Olga Ordina
Wilka Roig

The IASD E-Newsletter Staff wishes everyone a peaceful holiday season and a very Happy New Year filled with illuminating dreams.



Thank you so much to those who have already begun to contribute toward this year's IASD Pledge Drive, and toward our goal of creating a world where everyone listens to dreams. Over three thousand dollars in donations and pledges have arrived since the campaign began in mid-November.

Your donations, large or small, allow IASD to expand educational outreach; to provide annual awards and grants like the Research Grant Awards, the Nancy R. Brzeski Art Awards, and the Ernest Hartmann Student Awards; as well as allowing for conference scholarships, publications and web development.

Donations can be made in the memory of a loved one, and these names as well as the names of all donors appear on the Pledge Drive 2015 pages of our web site.

To make a donation to the Pledge Drive, or for further information, go to We hope you will help us to create a dream-sensitive world.



• CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS – 15 DECEMBER 2015 (Poster deadline 15 February 2016. All submissions are to be made online at )



Antti Revonsuo: Towards a Unified Science of Dreaming and Consciousness. Antti Revonsuo, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist, psychologist, and philosopher of mind. He serves as a Professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Skövde in Sweden and of psychology at the University of Turku in Finland. His work focuses on philosophy of consciousness, visual awareness, and altered states of consciousness in general and dreaming in particular. He is well-known for his Threat Simulation Theory of dreaming.

Hubert Hermans: The Dream as a Meaningful Experience in a Developing Dialogical Self. Hubert Hermans is professor emeritus at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is best known as the creator of Dialogical Self Theory. He is president of the International Society for Dialogical Science and editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Dialogical Science. He is author of the book Between Dreaming and Recognition Seeking: The Emergence of a Dialogical Self Theory, and uses dreams in his psychotherapeutic work.

Frank Bosman: Playing the Dream: On Dream and Narrative in Modern-day Digital Games. The cultural theologian Dr. Frank G. Bosman is a senior researcher at the Tilburg Cobbenhagen Center, Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He is author of God Loves a Joke and many articles and three books on culture and religion. In 2011 he was voted the first ‘most acclaimed theologian’ of the country. In his lecture he explores how dreams in video game scenes provoke the player to contemplate on the concept of reality.


Keith Hearne: Obtaining Messages from the ‘Unconscious.’ Keith Hearne, PhD, is a researcher and psychologist from Britain, who pioneered the first sleep-laboratory research into ‘lucid’ dreaming at Liverpool University (1975-1978). He devised the ocular-signaling technique from REM sleep and invented the ‘dream machine’ for inducing lucidity. That device and the first chart-record of eye-signals are on permanent display at the Science Museum in London.

Martin Dresler: Cognitive Neuroscience of Lucid Dreaming. Martin Dresler, PhD, is an Assistant Professor for Cognitive Neuroscience at the Radboud University Medical Centre and Donders Institute in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He holds Master’s degrees in Psychology and Philosophy and a PhD from Philipps University Marburg, and performed postdoctoral research on sleep, dreams, and memory function at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Oxford University and Stanford University.

Jan Taal: The Three Stages of Imagination. Jan Taal is a psychologist trained in Assagioli’s psychology of psycho-synthesis. He founded the School voor Imaginatie (School for Imagination) in Amsterdam as well as the Cancer Foundation. He trains therapists, coaches and counsellors in working with inner images and guided or active imagery in many fields of work, from therapy and health care (cancer care), to coaching, human resources and management development.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS NOW OPEN • The application for volunteers is now open and online by clicking here. This year we are looking for volunteers for the Registration/Information Desk, for Room Monitors, and for Audio Visual Support. In lieu of the regular conference fee, volunteers attend for only $50 (or 50€) for roughly 12 to 14 conference hours of work (paying an initial fee of $150/150€ with $100/100€ returned after the duties are completed).

VENUE • The location is the very beautiful 12th century Rolduc Abbey conference facility in Kerkrade in the southern part of the Netherlands. The site is situated on the Dutch-German border, close to several international airports, providing ease of international travel and sightseeing for those who wish to enjoy touring before and after the conference. We warmly invite you to attend. Mark your calendars now for next year’s very special conference.

PROGRAM • The program will feature world-renowned keynote speakers and over 120 presenters from around the globe, an opening reception, a Dream Art Exhibition and Reception, the annual Psi Dreaming Contest, and the ever popular costume Dream Ball and other special events appropriate to enjoyment of the location.

SUBMISSIONS • The program is multi-disciplinary, therefore high quality proposals are invited that fall into any of the following tracks: Research and Theory; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Arts and Humanities; Education; Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams; Dreams and Health; Culture and History; Mental Imagery; and a special Dutch Language Dreamwork track. Submission Categories include: Paper Presentations; Symposia; Panels; Workshops; Special Events; Morning Dream Groups; and Poster Papers. All submissions must be made online at


The 2016 Juried Dream Art Exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 2016 annual conference at the Rolduc Conference Center, The Netherlands. The exhibition will be displayed until August 31, 2016.

We are now accepting original art work about or inspired by dreams. The jurors will be open-minded about the relationship of the art work to dream content when selecting the art pieces, as long as the work was inspired in some fashion by visionary or emotional experiences that occurred during sleep. Note: an entrant can create a piece inspired by someone else’s dream. Deadline: February 15, 2016.

All two-dimensional and multi-dimensional media will be considered, including painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, video, and installation art.

You do not need to be a member of IASD or a conference attendee to participate in the Dream Art Exhibition. Also, you can exhibit whether you are competing for a prize or not.

Cash awards will be offered for works chosen from among those accepted for display at the conference. Information regarding entry requirements is located here:

Information in English

Information in Dutch


From Curtiss Hoffman, Student Research Awards Chair

We are pleased to announce that the anonymous donor who generously provided funding for the Student Research Award last year has graciously agreed to provide matching funds for the 2016 competition! The IASD Board of Trustees will provide the balance of funds.

Click here for submission details.

As in previous years, there will be two $500 awards. The first is for the best student submission of original scientific research on dreams and dreaming. The second is for the best submission of original historical, literary, artistic, or theoretical research. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to submit papers. Please view this page for additional details.
All participants must submit their presentations in electronic form, preferably through email to or if necessary by mailing the files, copied to a CD or a DVD, to the IASD office by March 1, 2016.

IASD-Student Research
1672 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703 USA

Mark on any mailed box "OK to leave on porch."

Participants may also electronically submit videos in AVI formats, or music in MIDI or MPS formats. In the case of papers with multiple authors – in terms of the ideas presented as well as the description of the results – the contestant must indicate clearly, in either the text of the paper or in an accompanying letter, what portions are the submitter’s work. Research which has been published prior to the submissions deadline is not eligible for this award.

Submissions must include a copy of the participant’s student ID. Alternatively, a copy can be faxed to the IASD Office at 1-209-724-0889, or scanned and emailed as an attachment to A note or cover letter should be included to indicate that this is for the IASD Student Research Award. Participants must specify which of the two awards they are applying for.

Winners will be announced at the IASD annual conference, which will be held at the beautiful Rolduc Abbey in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, from June 24 – 28, 2016, during the General Membership Meeting. Check the schedule of conference events to find out the exact date and time.

Susannah Benson (IASD President)

As this year draws to a close, I would like to thank all of our Regional Reps for their contributions and support of the Regional Representatives network. Greeting, welcoming and providing opportunities for members at the local level to meet and connect is such an important function of the network. Hosting a local event, either in-house or in a larger venue is a valuable means of sharing knowledge and experience about dreams. Welcome to our newest members in the network and wishing all our members best wishes for the holiday season and 2016.

Regional Events Calendar

More details about both of these upcoming regional conference can be found on the Regionals Website

Montreal Regional Conference

The Montreal Regional Conference Committee announces its 5th Regional IASD Dream Conference to be held on Saturday, 7 May 2016.

New York Regional Conference

This conference hosted by Lou Hagood explores the possibilities of communication between a Self, either internal or external, and an ego in a dream. Presenters include: Fariba Bogzaran, Daniel Deslauriers, Lou Hagood, and Robert Waggoner.


Please check the IASD website for up-to-date names and contact information for the regional representative in your area.

The Regional Representative webpage is divided into regions, making your search more user-friendly.

If you do not have a Regional Rep for your area, consider volunteering to become one! You could serve an important networking role for IASD. We are also looking for chairs for the Regional Events and Membership Committees.

If you are interested in joining either of these committees and would like to learn more about the role of the committee chairs please contact me.

Susannah Benson
IASD President 

The IASD Dream-News provides late-breaking news, IASD conference information and links to new articles on the IASD Website. Please forward this IASD Dream-News to interested friends and colleagues so they can also sign up for IASD’s free Dream-News. E-mail Submissions by the first of each month to: IASD Dream-News Editor


The deadline for the IASD Dream-News is the first of each month.
There is no Dream-News published in June 2015.
Submissions by IASD members should be e-mailed to the IASD Dream-News editor.

Please limit your articles to 200 words. The article title should be entirely in capital letters. Any article sub-headings should be in upper and lowercase. Submissions can be submitted in the body of an email message or as an attachment. When sending attachments please include, in the body of the e-mail, your name and an indication that it is an IASD Dream-News item. Acceptable files for attachments are Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format (RTF). E-News articles should be submitted in the following format: Verdana font, 12pt., and black ink. No words should be bolded, underlined, or italicized. Feel free to include photos as attachments. Do not imbed photos or logos in text.

The editor reserves the right to shorten and/or edit articles for clarity and to fit space restrictions.
Articles over 200 words may be heavily edited. IASD reserves the right to accept or reject any article.

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