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Can we read people's dreams ?

By T.K. Randall
October 29, 2011 · Comment icon 21 comments

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Scientists have been able to scan images from the brain of people who are lucid dreaming.
"The participants have to fall asleep in a scanner, reach REM sleep and enter a stable lucid dream state," said Michael Czisch. The technology is only in its infancy however one day it may be possible to record entire dreams and watch them back later.
Most of us remember only a tiny fraction of our dreams - but that could soon change. Scientists predict that we could soon use computers to 'see' what we have dreamed about - and perhaps even record dreams to watch the next day.


Source: Daily Mail | Comments (21)




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Comment icon #12 Posted by Mike 215 13 years ago
It is possible that these experiments are being paid for by the military for military purposes such as mind control. We only see a small piece of the program which involved controlling dreams with the use of computers. I do not trust such experiments after own history of Mk-Ultra experiments of the 50s,60s and 70s where experiments were done in many mental hospitals in the US and Canada with the goal of making a 'manchurian candidate', a person programmed to kill against his or her will. I wonder if the terrorists are using some of this technology in programming suicide bombers. You can say th... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Swamptick 13 years ago
It's coming.
Comment icon #14 Posted by LivNinHawaii 13 years ago
I think I would have been more convinced if that second "scan" didn't say, chick.com in the lower right corner. And howcome the dreamer put Steve Martin in a t-shirt instead of uniform? I think the editors faked the image.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Kenji T 13 years ago
jeezzz...hope my GF does not get her hands on this and use it on me.....that would be bad...uhhh...
Comment icon #16 Posted by Cryptozological Mascot 13 years ago
*insert joke about wet - dreams and short circutes here*
Comment icon #17 Posted by Nudge 13 years ago
You cannot read peoples dreams.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Jerry Only 13 years ago
You cannot read peoples dreams. Yes, we can to a primitive degree already, and as we map out the brain further, including what electric activity fires off where in the brain, and the result, it's not at all a jump in logic to think we can be able to map out activity in dreams extensively, and interpret them.
Comment icon #19 Posted by puckmomma 13 years ago
I am one of those people who dream EVERY NIGHT. If I don't dream something is wrong and I am worried. I do not now or ever want to replay the dreams in my head. Who the heck wants to replay nightmares anyways. I personally think dreaming is just a part of our own subconcious and it is an important part of our brains.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Timonthy 13 years ago
I am one of those people who dream EVERY NIGHT. If I don't dream something is wrong and I am worried. I do not now or ever want to replay the dreams in my head. Who the heck wants to replay nightmares anyways. I personally think dreaming is just a part of our own subconcious and it is an important part of our brains. So if you don't dream you think something is wrong, but if you do dream they are nightmares which you wouldn't ever want to replay? Sounds a little backwards...
Comment icon #21 Posted by and then 13 years ago
I assume some of this research was done using fMRI or functional MRI. It's been around for a few years. It's quite complex and requires LOTS of computing power as well as very specific programs tailored for the results one is looking for. I only know it's infancy. Scanning a patient while they tap their left index finger for example. Or have them visualize an object. The image is derived by looking at changes in contrast in the brain tissue due to the extra O2 that is used in the brain in the area responsible for that activity. The occipital lobe for example will "light up" when visual images ... [More]


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