Marnie’s dream captured on canvas
During a group therapy-like session, CrowdScience presenter Marnie Chesterton recollects one of her most vivid dreams, as artist Julia Lockheart illustrates a permanent and shareable representation of it. Researchers at Swansea University believe sharing our dreams could have an evolutionary benefit.
In retelling a dream, we create empathy in those listening, by revealing more than we ordinarily would in everyday conversation – in a similar way that a work of fiction can elicit empathy towards its characters. Ultimately, this sharing and increased empathy helps us better understand each other, live communally and get along.
(Image: Artwork illustrating a dream, Credit: Julia Lockheart.)