Perhaps one of the most common questions pet owners ask is whether their animals experience dreams in a manner similar to humans.’
And, if they do, the followup question would be about the contents of their dreams. Recent inputs from a Harvard psychologist suggest answers to both these questions.
The idea of testing this hypothesis came after USA Network recently carried out a study celebrating the psychological thrillerFalling Water, which premiered Oct. 13.
The movie explores the confluence between dreams and reality, and the public was asked whose dreams they’d explore if given the chance. Pets came up as the first option for most of the respondents.
Dr. Deirdre Barrett, clinical and evolutionary psychologist at Harvard Medical School, gave insights into how pets dream and the characteristics of these dreams.