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Electrical stimulation of brain alters dreams, study finds

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Posted May 12, 2014
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Scientists on Sunday said they had used a harmless electrical current to modify sleep so that an individual has “lucid dreams,” a particularly powerful form of dreaming.

The discovery provides insights into the mechanism of dreaming—an area that has fascinated thinkers for millennia—and may one day help treat mental illness and post-trauma nightmares, they said.

Lucid dreams are considered by many psychologists to be an intermediate stage between two forms of consciousness.

They lie between so-called rapid eye movement (REM) dreams—which are concerned with the immediate present and have no access to past memories or anticipated events in the future—and being awake, which brings into play abstract thought and other cognitive functions.

Read more at: MedicalXpress

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