Professor Richard Wiseman, the ‘most-followed’ psychologist on Twitter, has released an iPhone app that will turn your handset in to a ‘dream factory’, all with the aim of making our dreams that little bit more interesting. The app senses when you are fully asleep and entering a potential dream state, at that point it will play various ‘soundscapes’ intended to evoke an experience of being on a beach (minus the sand in places you never want in sand) or walking in a forest (minus the fear of the Big Bad Wolf). Wiseman said:
“Getting a good night’s sleep and having pleasant dreams boosts people’s productivity, and is essential for their psychological and physical wellbeing. Despite this, we know very little about how to influence dreams. This experiment aims to change that,”
The app and subsequent study were launched at the Edinburgh Science Festival and it is hoped that 10,000 people will take part. Those who do decide to take part won’t be afforded the luxury of a full nights sleep as the app will wake them up and prompt them to enter their experience in a ‘dream diary’. You can download the app for free here.
Funny things dreams, I could swear I dreamt that Facebook had acquired Instagram for a billion dollars.
Is this something you are likely to try? Is this all a little too freaky deaky? Do tell. Oh and please don’t tell us about your dreams. No-one cares. Ever.
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