Monday, October 4, 2010

Study suggests frequent video game players can control their dreams
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Playing video games before bedtime may give people an unusual level of awareness and control in their dreams, LiveScience has learned.

That ability to shape the alternate reality of dream worlds might not match mind-bending Hollywood films such as “The Matrix,” but it could provide an edge when fighting nightmares or even mental trauma.

Dreams and video games both represent alternate realities, according to Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada. But she pointed out that dreams arise biologically from the human mind, while video games are technologically driven by computers and gaming consoles.

“If you’re spending hours a day in a virtual reality, if nothing else it’s practice,” said Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada. “Gamers are used to controlling their game environments, so that can translate into dreams.”

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7 comments:

  1. Wow, and I thought I was alone.
    "it could provide an edge when fighting nightmares or even mental trauma."
    Every nightmare I have, I go berserk and kill the monsters/defend myself brilliantly and (almost) always I win and feel good about it. I approve of this study.

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  2. whoa, that'd actually be really cool to be able to control what you're dreaming

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  3. I second this study, keep postin

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  4. Have you heard of lucid dreams? apparently you can be fully in control with enough training.

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  5. good thing I visited your blog today!

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  6. It's good to see that you're beating inertia today :)

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