Rarebit Fiend Summary

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The resulting article is titled “Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: Food and diet as instigators of bizarre and disturbing dreams,” in the journal Frontiers in Psychology 6 (2015), article 47, 1-18. The title refers to a popular and quite surrealistic comic strip from the early 1900’s, Winsor McCay’s Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, in which people who ate a meal of cheesy “Rarebit” sauce was plunged into strange dreams and nightmares. Nielsen and Powell found that 18 percent of their participants, or about one in five people, responded yes, “food can render their dreams more bizarre or disturbing.” From this the participants suggested several causes for the impact of various food on their dreams. Eating too much at the same time especially in the
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