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Japanese boffins say they can tell what you are dreaming about by analysing magnetic resonance imager (MRI) scans. Researchers at Kyoto’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories published their breakthrough findings in Science magazine in a paper titled Neural Decoding of Visual Imagery During Sleep. The boffins used …

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Childcatcher

It's certainly a dream come true for research...

but what a nightmare if it falls in the hands of some evil delusional daydreamer!

Not long and we'll all sleep with a tinfoil nightcap.

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You had a dream, early morning. It was vivid.

Upon waking, you kinda thought that might have been a fun start to the day.

A couple seconds later, you realized it was a dream.

Ten seconds later, the entire concept was forgotten as you took a piss.

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Re: You had a dream, early morning. It was vivid.

Just as long as it wasn't a dream within a dream - as you realise when woken by the warm feeling spreading out from around your groin after you dreamt you got up for a piss.

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Megaphone

Beats me how anyone can sleep in one of those things.

Whenever I've been in one the noise has been excruciating.

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Re: Beats me how anyone can sleep in one of those things.

Most people can tune out constant background noise like the hum of an MRI. I know I've slept in one before, but I had been kept up for 30 someodd hours before hand specifically so I'd fall asleep easily, so that may not be the best example.

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Re: Beats me how anyone can sleep in one of those things.

Not only noisy, but cramped and claustrophobia inducing. Couple this with the multiple, tentacle type leads placed all over one's cranium for an EEG, and this adds adds up to an unpleasant night's rest.

Perhaps people dreamed of being "in a train tunnel being attacked by an octopus" 60% of the time. Thus, by describing this dream, the researchers were right 60% of the time (as per the quoted research)!

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Re: Beats me how anyone can sleep in one of those things.

After the noise of a house full of two kids* the pleasant hum&click of the MRI sent me right off to sleep.

*yes, two is plenty to fill even a large a house.

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Reading the dreams isn't so bad.

We just have to hope that they don't learn how to write them.

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Anonymous Coward

I'm dreaming about

choking the cnut who keeps waking me up.

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Unhappy

Re: I'm dreaming about

If you spend the night dreaming that you're at work, why isn't it permissible to take the day off in lieu?

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Paris Hilton

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Simon, that's only permissible if you have a dream job.

Paris 'cause she might have.

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Re: I'm dreaming about

Upvoted for a splendid ripost!

I take my hat off to you, Sir!

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Basic things...

"At present, the system is apparently limited to detecting only very basic classes of objects which the dreamers visualise – “building”, “food”, “car”, "porn with donkeys" etc......"

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So how long before they hook it up to a DVR?

No, really. I've been keeping a dream diary for years, but it's a lot of effort. By the time I get the diary opened and start writing some of the details are already starting to fade usually. Recording them as they're happening would be much better.

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Anonymous Coward

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Aand in other news, the same researchers also figure out how to insert data *into* dreams.

Gives a whole new meaning to working 24/7, even when you aren't awake you can be processing emails, chasing up unpaid bills, etc.

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Big Brother

Incriminating dreams

You awake to find yourself in cuffs being led off by the thought police after dreaming about the current leader becoming your personal sex slave. It will happen I promise you!

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