How scientists are studying dreams in the lab

Posted On: Dec 7, 2018   |   Posted By: The Verge

How scientists are studying dreams in the lab

Once, studying dreams was the domain of mystics, prophets, and a certain sex-obsessed Austrian psychoanalyst. With neuroimaging techniques and better technology, dreams have become a focus of scientific research, from efforts to record dreams to studies investigating how lucid dreaming might be beneficial to mental health.
JournalistAlice Robb is the author of Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey. The Verge spoke with Robb about theories of dreams, the most provocative studies, and the many questions that remain in the field.
This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.
Can you start by giving me a brief intellectual history of dreams? Before our modern scientific understanding, what were people's...

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