December 23, 2011
The idea of the surreal Hollywood blockbuster Inception, where people travel through someone’s dreams to ‘plant’ an idea in his head may not be so out-there after all.
Researchers at Yale have found that ‘lucid dreamers’ – dreamers who have ‘waking dreams’ that they control – are able to learn new skills in their dreams.
A team is now experimenting with the idea of ‘training’ people by telling them what to dream about. People who can control their dreams can use the unusual ability to experience a sense of euphoria, as if they have accomplished something.
But new research hints that people can actually ‘use’ dreaming as a tool to learn.