The other day a really cool bit of sci-fi news caught my eye (yes, I like to read weird stuff, don’t you?) and made me think of the old question – Do you dream in color? This was a topic of discussion in psych class years ago – they claimed that most people dream in black & white, but I don’t believe it – everyone I know dreams in color. I still have no idea why anyone would think that was possible.
Now they have developed the first brain image of a dream. By working with someone that is a lucid dreamer – they can control their dreams – and an fMRI they have captured an actual dream, or at least a brain’s actual reaction to a dream.
The experiment had the subject enter a dream and then in the dream, squeeze one hand and then the other. The result was that the respective areas of the brain that would control the real movement of the hand, were the person awake, were also active during the dream. Yet the hands didn’t move.
Here’s the full article.
The whole thing was pretty touch and go – it’s very hard to control a dream, and to know when the dream is in action. Still, if they can register this, I wonder how long it will be before we can map all the areas of the brain that are involved as we dream about highly emotional things. And if we know what areas of our brains are active, how long till we can learn to trigger those spots to have a directed dream.
So – do you dream in color? And if you could have someone give you a dream, what would it be? I think I’d like to dream about something completely different. A life on another planet, or deep in the sea.
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