September 28, 2020 | gadget | No Comments
It sounds like something out of science fiction films such as Inception, but a new gadget has allowed MIT scientists to plant ideas in people’s dreams.
Researchers used an app combined with a sleep tracking device to “plant” ideas in people’s minds as they slept.
The monitor waits for people to enter a suggestible stage of sleep, then the app plays a message telling them to think about trees.
Two-thirds of volunteers who heard the prompt, went on to dream about trees.
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The researchers describe the technique as “targeted dream incubation”, LiveScience reported.
The research relies on the sleep-tracking device (called Dormio) detecting an early sleep stage known as “hypnagogia”.
Hypnagogia (the earliest sleep stage) is similar to the REM stage, but people can still hear audio during hypnagogia while they dream.
Lead researcher Haar Horowitz said, “This state of mind is trippy,