Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

Mass study aims to change the world’s dreams

…For the past year I have been working with app developers YUZA to develop Dream:ON. The idea is simple. Before you go to bed you decide when you would like to wake up and what type of dream you would like to have (perhaps a stroll in the countryside or relaxing on a sun kissed beach).

You then place the iPhone on your mattress and it monitors your movements 20 minutes before your desired wake up time. When the app detects a lack of movement – which is indicative of you dreaming – it quietly plays a carefully selected soundscape that has been designed to influence your dream (think birds tweeting and waves gently lapping against the shore).

The app then gently wakes you up and prompts you to send in a brief description of your dream. The app also shows you a graph of your sleep levels throughout the night, and includes an intelligent alarm to help ensure you wake up from shallow sleep.

Will it be possible to influence your dreams? If so, can we get people all over the world to enjoy wonderful dreams and wake up feeling happier?

I would love you to take part. Both the app, and soundscapes needed for the experiment are free (it is possible to purchase additional soundscapes if you want). To discover more, and download the app, please visit the project website here.

via Big announcement – Mass study aims to change the world’s dreams! « Richard Wiseman.

2 comments on “Mass study aims to change the world’s dreams

  1. flujan
    April 11, 2012

    Reblogged this on My Voyage Through Time and commented:
    Super cool!!! Wonder if it will work?

  2. KC
    April 12, 2012

    Wiseman lives up to his name once again. :) Thanks for posting this, it’s incredibly interesting!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on April 11, 2012 by in Mind, Technology.

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,072 other followers

%d bloggers like this: