Scientists have recently discovered a way to put a dreamer in control of his dreams.
Published May 11, researchers at the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt managed to induce lucid dreams or self-awareness in dreams using “frontal low current stimulation of gamma activity.”
Led by Ursula Voss, researchers stuck electrodes on the heads of 27 non-lucid dreamers and stimulated them with varying frequencies of electricity while they were sleeping.
The team found out that stimulation in the lower gamma band during REM sleep influences brain activity and induces self-reflective awareness in dreams. This means that the dreamer knows he or she is dreaming and can control the way his/her dreams are progressing. These findings might have important implications in psychiatric research.
Sigmund Freud, considered the father of psychoanalysis, revolutionized the study of dreams with his work The Interpretation Of Dreams. Freud began analyzing dreams in order to understand aspects of human personality. He believes that nothing you do occurs by chance; every action and thought is motivated by your subconscious at some level. In order to live in a civilized society, you have a tendency to hold back your urges and repress your impulses.
However, these urges and impulses must be released in some way; they have a way of coming to the surface in disguised forms. With the findings at J.W. Goethe University, Freud is in for a shock. Here is technology that makes it possible for you to control these dreams.
“As a model for mental illness, understanding lucid dreaming is absolutely crucial. I would be cautious about interpreting the results as of direct relevance to the treatment of medical illnesses, but [it’s] certainly a step in the direction of understanding how the brain manages to hallucinate and be deluded,” Professor J. Allan Hobson of Harvard Medical School, a co-author of the paper, told The Guardian.