Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 273–282 | Cite as

Menstrual hormone changes and instinctual tendencies in dreams

  • Judith Baron


Seventeen female college students completed dream questionnaires for every dream recalled over two menstrual cycles. Scales were devised to measure obvious and symbolic maternal and heterosexual dream content. Menstrual cycles were divided into follicular (progesterone-absent) and luteal (progesterone-present) phases for comparison within each subject. There were higher obvious and symbolic maternal scores in the luteal phase. It was concluded that hormones influence instinctual tendencies as expressed in dreams.


College Student Social Psychology Menstrual Cycle Luteal Phase Hormone Change 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Baron
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  1. 1.York UniversityUSA

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