What’s Your Dream IQ? (Quiz)


Science is far from completely understanding dreams — but that doesn’t mean we’re totally in the dark! Test your knowledge of dreaming in this quiz. Share your answers in the comments if you wish!

Question #1: The most frequently experienced emotion in dreams is,

A. anger.
B. joy.
C. desire.
D. anxiety.

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Answer: D. Anxiety.

Humans are thought to dream for a number of reasons, including reducing stress, problem solving and regulating moods. When you’re dreaming, you are twice as likely to be experiencing a negative emotion over a positive emotion.



Question #2: On average, people forget what percentage of their dreams?

A. 20%
B. 60%
C. 70%
D. 90%

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Answer: D. 90%.

Within 10 minutes of waking up in the morning, you’ve forgotten 90% of your dreams. A lot of it has to do with your brain chemistry, and the fact that our brain doesn’t really need to remember your dreams.



Question #3: True or False: only humans are capable of dreaming.

A. True
B. False

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Answer: B. False.

Mammals and even some reptiles and birds have all been observed dreaming.



Question #4: Which of the following external forces can affect your dreams?

A. Smells.
B. Sounds.
C. Bodily Functions.
D. Pain.
E. All of the above.
F. None of the above.

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Answer: E. All of the above.

The outside world can affect our dreams. One study in Germany, for instance, showed that foul smells were more associated with bad dreams and nice smells were more associated with good dreams.



Question #5: A Harvard psychiatry professor published the first scientific study on dreams in 40 years, using the addictive video game Tetris to prove that,

A. Video games have a negative impact on our dreams.
B. Our brains never really turn off.
C. Dreaming is used to reinforce learning.
D. None of the above.

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Answer: C. Dreaming is used to reinforce learning.

In the study, participants played Tetris and then reported on their dreams — 60% of them dreamt of the game. You can read more about this fascinating study here.



Question #6: True or False: some people just don’t dream.

A. True
B. False

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Answer: B. False.

Nope, everybody dreams, every single one of us. The difference is, though, that some of us just never remember our dreams.



Question #7: What’s the best way to remember your dreams?

A. Write down your thoughts and worries just before bed.
B. Keeping a dream journal.
C. Play a repetitive game before going to sleep to get your mind rolling.
D. You can’t train yourself to remember dreams.

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Answer: B. Keeping a dream journal.

As we said before, 90% of our dreams are forgotten within the first 10 minutes of waking. If you write down your dreams as soon as you wake up, you’ll be able to preserve your memories. Moreover, by dedicating yourself to keeping a dream journal, you’ll be able to remember your dreams better in the future.

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Gysele van Santen

i don't like to sleep because i don't have pleasant or sweet dreams. only good thing about my dreams is that i can fly; every dream i've had for as long as i can remember, i'm flying around or flying to get away from something.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

i love my dreams.. but i suffer from nightmares a lot

M. Todd L.
M. Todd Lassich6 years ago

(cont'd) ...my accomplishment, and began to actively contemplate a plan for overcoming this mental obstacle.

It took more than a year, but finally one night during this dream I was able to fully control my body and pedal backwards at will. I then began to fly my bike like Melvin Spitznagle did with his "Furious Flycycle." Over the heads of all the doubters and casual onlookers, towards the rising sun. I awoke with an overwhelming sense of joy and accomplishment.

My nightmares immediately ceased. In fact, I have never had another, that I could remember at least, since. To this day -- more than 35 years later -- I have always felt in full control of my dreams. Now if a dream begins to present disturbing images to me, I simply tell my head to knock it off. But most importantly for me, I immediately began to rectify the abuse I was enduring as unjust and not something I somehow deserved. The knowledge that my abusers were wrong about me came with the empowerment of this dream, and it was this realization that would later prevent my suicide.

M. Todd L.
M. Todd Lassich6 years ago

As a child, I suffered from abnormally high levels of stress due to extreme domestic violence, a father in prison, a working mother who left my brother and I with downright abusive babysitters, and later, sexual abuse at the hands of a pedophile stepfather. My younger brother suffered from night terrors, while I had frequent nightmares of my own death -- which seemed to bother no one in my dream, not even my mother.

At age 12, I had worked an entire summer of 10-hour days as a janitor for my slave-driving stepfather to earn the measly $65 dollars to buy my first new bike -- a 10-speed Huffy. At about this time I began to have a recurring dream, one that left me feeling desperate and out-of-control. This dream seemed to reinforce my feelings of self-doubt, impotence and worthlessness.

When I was allowed to ride the bike, I used to love the sensation of pedaling forward as fast as I could go. Then I would coast, and -- this being my first bike with a handbrake instead of a coaster brake -- spin the pedals backwards with my feet. In my recurring dream however, I was able to pedal forwards as fast as I wanted, but could not coast and spin the pedals backwards. I tried and tried in my dream, but I just could not manage to do it.

I thought about the frustration and desperation of this dream many times during wakeful hours, sometimes even waking up at night and not being able to return to sleep. I began to see this dream as a road block to my progress, my accomplishment,

allie cat
allie cat6 years ago

cool quiz my dad took this and he got almost all of them correct

Dijana D.
Dijana D6 years ago

drams are amazing, I wish so bad that my dreams could be translated into little movies that I could watch once I wake up

Angela W.
Angela W6 years ago

I love dreams...

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M6 years ago

Dreams is a topic that fascinates man. It has its own language which people ages ago tried to interpret as a guidance. Remember Joseph in the bible- he interpreted dreams with very important results. Dreams can be precognitive as well. For anyone interested in dreams and dreaming, a journal is very important. Begs the question- what do you do with dreams in your journal from years gone by?
Thank you for this article.

Emily Drew
Emily Drew6 years ago

I did pretty good. I remember my dreams almost every night. And I even remember having up to 10 dreams in one night, all about different things.

Marianne B.
Marianne B6 years ago

I dream nightly and wake up remembering them. Also in vivid colors. I agree with John S. this was way too long to browse through. I also answered correctly 6.