Tech for Dreaming is a new community focused on the application of technology to make lucid dreaming more accessible using devices, supplements, and the power of cross-discipline collaboration. 

In April, Tech for Dreaming had its first event and was joined by Karen Konkoly, a lead author of the recent lucid dreaming study out of Northwestern University: Real-time dialogue between experimenters and dreamers during REM sleep. Karen discussed the study with event attendees, including some that are building their own lucid dream induction devices. Below are some study highlights. 

Study Snapshot

With 36 study participants across four institutions, this study demonstrated two-way, real-time communication between researchers and lucid dreamers. After detecting REM sleep and attempting to induce lucidity using various methods, researchers asked study participants a series of math problems and yes-no questions. Dreamers first confirmed they were experiencing a lucid dream by executing pre-defined horizontal eye movements measured by EOG sensors. Next, they answered questions in real-time with eye movements or facial muscle signals.  

The results were astounding. Out of the 21.6% unambiguous responses, 18.4% of the responses were correctly answered and 3.2% were incorrectly answered. This demonstrated ability for interactive dreaming opens many opportunities for future research and exploration, including better scientific exploration of dreaming, real-time mental health interventions in the dream state, promotion of creativity, and whatever experiments those creative dreamers can imagine. 

More About the Tech for Dreaming Community

Tech for Dreaming will host more of these discussions at the intersection of technology and lucid dreaming with impactful researchers like Karen and with people building commercial solutions to move the field forward. This community will serve as a hub for learning, collaboration, and experimentation. It will prioritize scientific evidence over anecdotal examples and empty marketing hype. We invite a healthy mix of openness and skepticism. Would you like to help us apply technology to make lucid dreaming more accessible? 

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June 2021

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