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Japanese scientists say they have found a to "read" people's dreams. Researchers at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories used resonance imaging (MRI) for what they say is, "the world's first " of night-time . Their research is published in the "Science". The researchers wrote: "Visual imagery during sleep has long been a of persistent speculation, but its private nature has objective analysis. Here, we present a neural decoding in which machine learning models predict the contents of visual imagery sleep." They were able to predict what images their volunteers had seen with a 60 per cent accuracy .

The research is a part of a programme aimed at studying the brain. It hopes to the secrets of the unconscious mind to help the disabled move artificial using brain activity. It could also help those with dementia and other neurological . A spokesperson said: "Our expectations from the dream study are quite , but we are also looking carefully at the aspects of the technology, which may allow a person to look at somebody else's thoughts." Head researcher Yukiyasu Kamitani said, "dreams have fascinated people since times, but their function and meaning has remained ". He believes his research is "a key step towards reading dreams more ".

 


 
 

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