Seeking Roots of Consciousness, Scientists Make Dreamers Self-Aware

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/05/140511-lucid-dreaming-sleep-nightmares-consciousness-brain/

Virginia Hughes

for National Geographic

PUBLISHED MAY 11, 2014

Researchers have figured out how to make people aware of themselves during a dream: by zapping their sleeping brains with a weak electric current.

The sensation of “Hey, this is a dream!” is known as lucid dreaming. Those who naturally become lucid while dreaming, probably a small segment of the population, also report adventures that are impossible in the real world, such as flying, that feel completely real. Some can even change a dream’s narrative twists and turns to make it less scary—or even more exhilarating. (Related: “Why Do We Dream? To Ease Painful Memories, Study Hints.”)

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About Tore Nielsen

Researcher at University of Montreal and Director of Dream & Nightmare Laboratory
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