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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.)

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