Can dreams be decoded?
Researchers in Japan are making progress toward the goal of deciphering dreams, announcing yesterday that they’ve been able to teach computers how to inspect the images produced by the brain during the initial moments of dreaming.Allowing research subjects to fall asleep, then waking them up after a few minutes to get them to recount what they had dreamed of - as groggy as they may have been, the computers were able to match the subject’s responses 60% of the time.
So how did the computers actually figure out what had been going on in the initial dreams?

The rest was a giant math problem. The scientists wrote a computer program to sort through the patterns of brain activity captured by the functional MRI in both waking and sleeping states; then the program looked for links between those brain activity patterns and specific images.

Read more from reporter Geoffrey Mohan here.
Photo: Richard Drew / Associated Press

Can dreams be decoded?

Researchers in Japan are making progress toward the goal of deciphering dreams, announcing yesterday that they’ve been able to teach computers how to inspect the images produced by the brain during the initial moments of dreaming.

Allowing research subjects to fall asleep, then waking them up after a few minutes to get them to recount what they had dreamed of - as groggy as they may have been, the computers were able to match the subject’s responses 60% of the time.

So how did the computers actually figure out what had been going on in the initial dreams?

The rest was a giant math problem. The scientists wrote a computer program to sort through the patterns of brain activity captured by the functional MRI in both waking and sleeping states; then the program looked for links between those brain activity patterns and specific images.

Read more from reporter Geoffrey Mohan here.

Photo: Richard Drew / Associated Press

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    I want to know what my dreams mean!
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    Amazing.
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