The DNL is concerned with the scientific study of dreaming and its disorders. The research we conduct has been supported by several different funding agencies at the federal (Canadian) and provincial (Quebec) levels. Here are links to summaries of some of our recent major studies.

Ongoing COVID-19 Research Projects

  • Assessing the validity of text-mining for dream content analysis
    In collaboration with: Mallett R, Kirberg M, Picard-Deland C, [Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin; Philosophy Department, Monash University; Psychiatrie et
  • Évolution des comportements et des processus d’adaptation à la crise de la COVID-19 au Canada
    In collaboration with: De la Sablonnière, R. [Département de psychologie de l’Université de Montréal]
  • Dreams and other experiences during COVID-19 pandemic
    In collaboration with: Gold, I., Solomonova, E. [Philosophy Department, McGill University]
  • Social media COVID-19 and social distancing dreams; evolution over time

Ongoing Research Projects

  • The role of dreaming in REM and NREM sleep-dependent memory functions
  • The effect of targeted memory reactivation in REM or NREM sleep on the consolidation
    of a virtual reality procedural memory
  • Transcranial alternating current stimulation (TACs): a method for inducing lucid dreams and gaining control over dreams


  • The covert REM sleep processes model of dreaming (CIHR, NSERC)
  • The memory sources of dreams: training better participants (SSHRC)
  • The memory sources of dreams: virtual reality immersion as a memory marker (SSHRC)
  • The phenomenology of dreaming: logic, bizarreness and emotion (NSERC)
  • An emotion regulation function of dreaming (NSERC)
  • Sleep paralysis hallucinations, presence and personality factors
  • Alexithymia, dreaming and emotional dysfunction (CIHR)
  • Typical dreams: multi-site and internet studies
  • Lucid dreaming


  • Dreams and nightmares during pregnancy and postpartum (CIHR)
  • Epidemiology of bad dreams in children and adolescents (CIHR)
  • Cognitive-behavior treatment of nightmares: kids (CIHR)
  • Cognitive-behavior treatment of nightmares: adults (CIHR)
  • A fear extinction theory of dreaming and nightmares (CIHR)

CIHR = Canadian Institutes of Health Research
NSERC = Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; 
SSHRC = Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: