Eyespy: June 2014
Sweet dreams are made with these—Researchers have created a way to manipulate dreams as seen in the film Inception—or at least might have made the first steps towards this futuristic goal. In their Nature Neuroscience paper (doi:10.1038/nn.3719), Voss and colleagues induced lucid dreaming—the conscious awareness that one is in a dream, in which dreamers tend to report a removed perspective and the ability to control their dreams—in 27 subjects during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep. They then woke the sleepers up immediately to ask them about the lucidity of their dreams. Subjects reported, on a 5 point survey, a 0.6 increase of insight that they were dreaming (P=0.00003) and an increase of 0.5 in control over their dreams (P=0.0001). Possible future uses include treatment of schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, recurrent nightmares—and possibly inserting Leonardo DiCaprio into your dreams.
School’s out for lectures—We all know lectures can be dull