Friday, April 5, 2013
Japan scientists can 'read' dreams: Study
TOKYO (AFP) - Scientists in Japan said on Friday that they had found a way to "read" people's dreams, using MRI scanners to unlock some of the secrets of the unconscious mind.
Researchers have managed what they said was "the world's first decoding" of night-time visions, the subject of centuries of speculation that have captivated humanity since ancient times.
In the study, published in the journal Science, scientists at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, in Kyoto, western Japan, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to locate exactly which part of the brain was active during the first moments of sleep.
They then woke up the dreamer and asked him or her what images they had seen, a process that was repeated 200 times.