Inception is here: Researchers “talk” to lucid dreamers for the first time

New studies show that some people can hear and respond to questions while dreaming.

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  • Four research teams in four countries independently communicated with sleeping volunteers.
  • A total of 36 participants correctly responded to questions 18.6% of the time.
  • Researchers believe this could open up new avenues for treating anxiety, depression, and trauma.
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New bed, no sleep? First night blues

Heard about the phenomenon of FNE, or 'first night effect'?

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Have you ever woken up in a new place and noted with disappointment that you are still tired?

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Crazy dreams help us make sense of our memories

A new theory suggests that dreams' illogical logic has an important purpose.

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  • If consolidating memories as we sleep is like machine learning, maybe dreams keep our "algorithms" on track.
  • Machine learning is optimized by the injection of a certain amount of nonsense data.
  • Maybe dreams are just weird enough to do the same for us as we sleep.
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    Some sleep is worse than no sleep for keeping fear in check

    Getting plenty of sleep just became even more important.

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    • A new study finds that people without sleep fare better in learning what to fear and not fear than those getting only some sleep.
    • Test subjects learned to associate colors with electric shocks, but only some unlearned it.
    • The findings could be used to help create new treatments for those at risk of PTSD or anxiety.
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