Blind Dreaming


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Everyone has those random thoughts sometimes. One day I found myself wondering do blind people dream?? The answer is surprisingly YES! They may not dream exactly as you or I would but they do in fact dream.

People who were born blind have the most interesting dreams of all. They have auditory dreams. This means they don't see people or things in their dreams, they can only hear them. In their dreams they also taste, touch, and smell. We remember sights and emotions of a dream, blind people remember tastes, touches, smells, and sounds of dreams because that is all they know.

For people who become blind it differs. If a person becomes blind before the age of 5 they will most likely never have visual dreams. If people lose their sight in middle school they may have visual or auditory dreams. For people who become blind later in life they may still have visual dreams, but over time it may fade and become solely auditory.

Below is a video from a YouTube series called "The Tommy Edison Experience". Tommy Edison is a man who was born blind. He answers questions from viewers about what it's like to be blind, since it is so hard for people who were blessed with sight to grasp what it is like to be blind. Below is his video about dreaming.

http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=765

http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/09/10602730-how-do-blind-people-dream?ocid=twitter

 

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When I first started reading your blog, I thought to myself, "Well, duh." But then I realized that that is a very good question! I guess I never really thought about it before, because I just assumed that blind people had the same types of dreams as people who can see with 20/20 vision. However, blind people have no idea what things actually look like, they only know by touch and by the descriptions that people give them. Like you said, our dreams are based on what we experience in life; so blind people wouldn't have visual dreams at all. It turns out that scientists have also found that blind people also have little to no eye movement during REM sleep (ironic). This is because the eyes are moving back and forth really fast to capture all of the visual parts of the dream during this period of the sleep cycle. When people can't see anything, there is no point for the eyes to move back and forth.

Here is the link to the article: http://www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com/what-do-blind-people-dream-about.html

The idea behind your blog is really captivating. If I thought on the topic I imagine that I would think that they don't see as you or I do but I thought that they might have some sort of mental image, whether it be unrecognizable shapes or colors, but I guess it is even impossible for them to imagine something that they have no idea when they can possibly imagine. I am really curious however as to whether the other senses (sound taste and touch) are heightened even in their dream state like they are in their everyday lives.

I, too, never really thought about the fact that those that can't see would not have vision in their dreams either. This is actually a really interesting topic! Like you both mentioned, we often dream of things that happened in our daily lives and personal experiences. Going off of blind dreams, I thought about people who are deaf. In their dreams can they hear noises? Similiarly, I think it would all depend as to what age they lost their hearing. I also think an element of imagination could change the dream. Perhaps they could hear what the ocean sounds like in their dream only because of their own imagination. After searching the internet, I found this article discussing further about deaf and blind dreams.

I, too, never really thought about the fact that those that can't see would not have vision in their dreams either. This is actually a really interesting topic! Like you both mentioned, we often dream of things that happened in our daily lives and personal experiences. Going off of blind dreams, I thought about people who are deaf. In their dreams can they hear noises? Similiarly, I think it would all depend as to what age they lost their hearing. I also think an element of imagination could change the dream. Perhaps they could hear what the ocean sounds like in their dream only because of their own imagination. After searching the internet, I found this article discussing further about deaf and blind dreams.

I, too, never really thought about the fact that those that can't see would not have vision in their dreams either. This is actually a really interesting topic! Like you both mentioned, we often dream of things that happened in our daily lives and personal experiences. Going off of blind dreams, I thought about people who are deaf. In their dreams can they hear noises? Similiarly, I think it would all depend as to what age they lost their hearing. I also think an element of imagination could change the dream. Perhaps they could hear what the ocean sounds like in their dream only because of their own imagination. After searching the internet, I found this article discussing further about deaf and blind dreams.

I think this would obviously be based off of how much of their life they were blind. If they were born blind before they could create memories I completely understand why their other senses would create their dreams. Vision isnt the cause of dreaming so it makes sense as to why they still dream, but whether they have images within their dreams or not is the question. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/27/what-do-blind-people-see_n_334585.html

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