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In the movie InceptionLeonardo DiCaprio enters into other people's dreams to interact with them and steal secrets from their subconscious. Now, it seems this science fiction plot is one baby step closer to reality.

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For the first time, researchers have had "conversations" involving novel questions and math problems with lucid dreamers—people who are aware that they are dreaming. The findings, from four labs and 36 participants, suggest people can receive and process complex external information while sleeping. Traditionally, he says, sleep has been defined as a state in which the brain is disconnected and unaware of the outside world. Lucid dreaming got one of its first mentions in the writings of Greek philosopher Aristotle in the fourth century B. Although rare, this ability to recognize you are in a dream—and even control some aspects of it—can be enhanced with training.

A few studies have tried to communicate with lucid dreamers using stimuli such as lights, shocks, and sounds to "enter" people's dreams. But these recorded only minimal responses from the sleepers and did not involve complex transmission of information.

Four independent teams in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States tried to go further and establish complex two-way communication during dreams, using speech and asking questions the sleepers had never heard in their training. They recruited 36 volunteers, including some experienced lucid dreamers and others who had never experienced a lucid dream before but remembered at least one dream a week.

The researchers first trained participants to recognize when they were dreaming, by explaining how lucid dreaming works and demonstrating cues—sounds, lights, or finger tapping—that they would present while dreamers slept. The idea was those cues would al to participants that they were dreaming.

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Nap sessions were schedueled at different times: some at night, when people would regularly go to bed, and others early in the morning. Each lab used a different way to communicate with the sleeper, from spoken questions to flashing lights. Sleepers were told to al they had entered a lucid dream and answer questions by moving their eyes and face in particular ways—by, for example, moving their eyes three times to the left.

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As the participants fell asleep, the scientists monitored their brain activity, eye movement, and facial muscle contractions—common indicators of REM sleep—with electroencephalogram helmets outfitted with electrodes. Out of a total of 57 sleeping sessions, six individuals aled they were lucid dreaming in 15 of them. In those tests, researchers asked the dreamers simple yes or no questions or math problems, like eight minus six. To answer, dreamers used the als they had been taught before falling asleep, which included smiling or frowning, moving their eyes multiple times to indicate a sum, or, in the German lab, moving their eyes in patterns that matched Morse code.

The researchers asked questions of the lucid dreamers, who responded correctly The dreamers gave the wrong answer to only 3.

Tuesday day dreaming chat

The researchers say these s show the communication, even if difficult, is possible. After several questions, the dreamers were woken up and asked to describe their dreams.

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Some remembered the questions as part of a dream: One dreamer reported math problems coming out of a car radio. Another was at a party when he heard the researcher interrupting his dream, like a narrator in a movie, to ask him whether he spoke Spanish.

The experiment provides a better way to study dreams, says lead author Karen Konkoly, a cognitive neuroscientist at Northwestern University. Sleeping "conversations" might also help the dreamer solve problems, learn new skills, or even come up with creative ideas, Baird says. University of Rochester cognitive neuroscientist Michelle Carr, who was not involved in the study, says she is excited about such future applications.

Tuesday day dreaming chat

But she stresses that retrospective dream reports can't be replaced. Changing people's thoughts during dreams is still science fiction, stresses co-author and cognitive neuroscientist Ken Paller, also at Northwestern. Nevertheless, he thinks the experiment is an important first step in communicating with dreamers; he likens it to the first conversation using a telephone or talking to an astronaut on another planet.

Dreamers live in a "world entirely fabricated of memories stored in the brain," he says. Now, researchers appear to have found a way to communicate with people in that world. Help News from Science publish trustworthy, high-impact stories about research and the people who shape it. Please make a tax-deductible gift today.

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