By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Carnegie Mellon study has opened up a whole new way to look at dreams.

Dreams have served as a source of confusion and wonder since people started dreaming. There are thousands of theories out there. This groundbreaking research has provided insight into how most people interpret dreams.

According to the scientists, people believe that hidden truths present themselves in dreams. This view is consistent across cultural lines and around the globe.

One-hundred-forty-nine people in the United States, India, and South Korea had their dreams examined.

According to the findings, dreams also affect how people act when they are awake. A survey of Boston commuters found that when they dreamed of a plane crash the night before a scheduled air trip, they would be more likely to change their travel plans.

Another key point is people attribute the meaning of dreams when it corresponds to preexisting issues.

Reported By Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio Medical Editor

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