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Study achieves communication through dreams

Posted on Saturday, 20 February, 2021 | Comment icon 9 comments

Can we talk to people who are dreaming ? Image Credit: Pixabay / LeandroDeCarvalho
Scientists have found that it is possible to achieve real-time communication with a person who is dreaming.
We don't often remember the details of what we dream, but for some people, it is not only possible to recall every detail of a dream, but also to control the narrative while they are asleep.

Now scientists collaborating across multiple universities have demonstrated that it is even possible to communicate in real-time with a person who is lucid dreaming by asking them questions and receiving informed responses, despite that person being unsconcscious.

This extends to having the sleeper perform simple maths, follow instructions or answer yes/no questions with the responses coming in the form of eye movements or facial twitches.

"We found that individuals in REM sleep can interact with an experimenter and engage in real-time communication," said senior study author Ken Paller of Northwestern University.
"We also showed that dreamers are capable of comprehending questions, engaging in working-memory operations, and producing answers."

"Most people might predict that this would not be possible - that people would either wake up when asked a question or fail to answer, and certainly not comprehend a question without misconstruing it."

The research could teach us much about the way dreams and memories actually work.

"Most people might predict that this would not be possible - that people would either wake up when asked a question or fail to answer, and certainly not comprehend a question without misconstruing it," the study authors wrote.

The findings have been published in the journal Current Biology.

Source: Medical Xpress | Comments (9)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by John from Lowell on 19 February, 2021, 15:28
Hi, Interactive dreaming sounds a lot like telepathic shared dreams to me. It is true that these things are indeed unexplored. Reality is often stranger than fiction. It is nice to know these studies are being made. John  
Comment icon #2 Posted by moonman on 19 February, 2021, 17:14
So asking someone what 2+2 is and getting an answer while they are asleep is somehow a big deal? It's not like your brain and ears shut down when you go to sleep, people sleep talk all the time. I've had whole conversations with people who are asleep. I don't see the big deal, at all. It happens, and it's no "breakthrough". May as well call hypnosis miraculous at this point.
Comment icon #3 Posted by preacherman76 on 20 February, 2021, 18:00
Please don't take offense, but would it be safe to say you are a glass is half empty kinda guy?   Anyhow, that really cool. Wonder what else they are experimenting with when it comes to dreams?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Rolci on 20 February, 2021, 18:02
Nice anecdote. I'd be interested to hear how you made 100% sure they were actually sleeping and their mind wasn't awake with their eyes simply closed. Do you have any proof they were sleeping? Of course one is not SUPPOSED to know what 2+2 is in their sleep, the rational mind is turned OFF in sleep. Otherwise when you see a monster in your dream you'd know it's not real and no one would have nightmares, right? Are you suggesting everyone's rational mind is on during sleep and people who claim nightmares are simply lying? The big deal here is lucid dreamers' ability to activate the rational min... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by razman on 20 February, 2021, 18:29
The way i see the glass is half full or half empty kind of thing is ...............   If it starts out empty and you fill it half way , then its half full. If it starts out full and you pour half out or drink half , then its half empty. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Tom1200 on 20 February, 2021, 18:43
Miraculous?  Vile, nefarious Satanism, more like.  A sorcerer lulls his unsuspecting victim into a trance that allows devils and demons to possess him and make him... do things.  Like forget his name, or think he's a washing machine.  Or forget his anniversary (that excuse really didn't go down very well).  It's monstrous!  As John Dee once told me - never trust a man whose name rhymes with Drown. Ditto.  And in reverse - I've been 'woken' from a deep sleep and had an apparently lucid chat that I have no recollection of.  So - was I awake?  asleep?  mesmerised?  possessed by Lucifer's minions?... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by moonman on 20 February, 2021, 18:51
I know because in one instance I woke them up after the conversation (it was a very strange talk so I suspected) and they didn't remember what we just talked about a few seconds previous. There are other examples that I won't get into, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know they were asleep, and I'm not stupid enough to think it was something that only happens when I'm around. It has to be common.
Comment icon #8 Posted by godnodog on 20 February, 2021, 21:24
actually I rarely have nightmares because way to often I have lucid dreams, I often wake up tired. the best part of lucid dreams is the detail of stuff, for example I can see the small details in people's faces, and in nightmares I can always fight back with "this is a dream and I will beat you or at least not be defeated. Overall it's a mixed experience, nice when occasionally, bad when often. also its quite frequent to "see" bizarre stuff, and think that's not how physics works and suddenly you realize its connected to something you've experienced while awake, so yes our rational mind does n... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Jon the frog on 20 February, 2021, 23:09
Interesting stuff ! My wife talk a lot during sleep, sometime answer to questions but nothing make any sense most of the time or it wake her up... she never remember the interaction tho.

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