Video Gamers Can Control Their Dreams

Gamer Dreams

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Jeremy Hsu writes on LiveScience:

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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10 Comments on "Video Gamers Can Control Their Dreams"

  1. dextronaut | Jun 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm |

    I am now going to go play video games in celebration of this article.

  2. Liquidself | Jun 5, 2010 at 1:19 am |

    Video “G”ames are a human creation; probably (and most likely…) arising from human imagination. Human imagination is most probably a human generated fantasy. fantasy is most probably (probabalistically?…) generated from dreams. Ergo… Reductive circular argument.

  3. Sander1602 | Jun 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm |

    I have noticed that I can controll my dreams. Sometimes I lose controll over them and wake up, but I try do go to sleep again and resume with more pleasant scenario.

  4. it's called “Lucid Dreaming” and there are many ways for this to happen (just search it on google, you can train yourself to do this all the time). It is cool that video games can induce this though.

  5. Bamaplaya1 | Jun 7, 2010 at 1:29 am |

    now we know how to stop freddy…

  6. Try playing Starcraft 2 hours on end, then crashing.

    http://www.cloudninepro.com

  7. GoodDoktorBad | Jun 7, 2010 at 9:29 am |

    I see dead people………

  8. wow all my life search for a cause of my dreams because are magnificent but i only supposed was my dreamy mind jajaja

  9. wow all my life search for a cause of my dreams because are magnificent but i only supposed was my dreamy mind jajaja

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