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DocumentEmotion regulation as reflected in children’s dreams – A developmental test of the neurocognitive dream theory2016

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-055
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 11/2010
055 - The developmental and psychophysiological emergence of dreams and nightmares: state-dependent and state-independent fronto-cortical disconnectivity
Duration: 2011-03 - 2014-02
Róbert Bódizs, Peter Daniel Simor, Piroska Sándor, Szilvia Csóka, Klára Horváth
Institution(s): Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest (Hungary)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress report
Final reports
7 Articles ( published or submittedr publication)
5 Conference abstracts
Language: eng
Bódizs, R.
Secondary author(s):
Simor, P., Sándor, P., Csóka, S., Horváth, K.
Number of reproductions:
Psychophysiology / Sleep and Dreams / Biopsychological problems / Mental health / Sleep disorders / Brain structure and function / Developmental psychology

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-055.15
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 10/2010
Emotion regulation as reflected in children’s dreams – A developmental test of the neurocognitive dream theory
Publication year: 2016
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Although REM sleep plays an important role in neural maturation, developmental aspects of dream research are relatively neglected compared to studies focusing on adults. Adult research found that REM sleep and dreams take certain roles in emotional adaptation, including the processing of emotional events, consolidation of emotional memories and the downregulation of reactions to dysphoric stimuli. These findings, however, are rarely discussed in a developmental perspective.
We aim to test the neurocognitive dream theory developed by Nielsen and Levine (2007) by investigating the associations among abilities of waking emotional processing, behavioral manifestations of emotional problems and the emotional aspects of dreaming in children.
We analyzed 349 dream reports of 40 children between the ages of 4 to 8 years. Dream emotions, emotional dream quality and the dreams’ effect on daytime’s mood were self-reported by the children. Wakeful emotional processing is measured by the Emotional Stroop Test for children, and emotional–behavioral problems were assessed by the parent version of the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).
Results show that negative dream quality and the dreams’ effect on daytime mood are associated with negative emotional adaptation measured by the SDQ (t = .25, p = .031, t = .24, p = .041 respectively). Children with more emotional problems reported more dreams (t = .32, p = .004). Interestingly, we could not find relationship between dream emotions and waking emotional development measures.
Results support psychological models of dreaming assuming a role of dreams in emotional regulation and provide partial support for the plausibility of Levin and Nielsen’s neurocognitive theory in a developmental context. Further studies on emotional development and dreaming are needed to gain more insight in the generalizability of the connection between emotional processing during wakeful functioning and REM sleep.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
By permission
Sándor, P.
Secondary author(s):
Szakadát, S., Bódizs, R.
Document type:
Number of reproductions:
Sándor, P., Szakadát, S., & Bódizs, R. (2016). Emotion regulation as reflected in children’s dreams – a developmental test of the neurocognitive dream theory. Mentálhigiéné és Pszichoszomatika, 17(2), 167-190.
Indexed document: Yes
Keywords: Dreams / Child / Emotional development / Emotional Stroop / Dream emotions / Neurocognitive dream-theory