In research conducted by Ryan Hurd from the Dream Studies Portal, He ask the question, “Do we usually dream in black or white or is the colour in our remembered dreams just hard to remember?” The answer? Scientists for half a century have not been able to come to a firm conclusion.
Another study has found that dreaming in colour or black and white correlates with age and our early childhood exposure to television. It has been reported that the people over 55 dream in black and white, the young under 25 dream in colour and the middle age dream in technicolour. Overall, about 12% of people dream entirely in black and white.
According to Clinical Psychologist Dr Bruna Moaraes, “Neuroscientist say that dreaming in black and white is just a question of memory: we just remember the dream as black and white because of memory fades during the day.” Whereas Robert Hoss, a colour dream specialist says that “Colour is as much a symbol as is the imagery in a dream. Colour appears to represent the emotional conditions that stimulated a dream or dream image. As with any other symbol, colour combines with the imagery to form a more complete “meaning” for the dream image.”
To conclude, dreaming in black and white is interpreted as remembered dreams with no vivid colours as people don’t necessarily pay attention to the colours surrounding them, compared with those who grew up watching colour tv who dream in colours.
Do you dream in black and white, colour or both?