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

The research is a part of a [wilder / wider] programme aimed at studying the brain. It hopes to unlock the [secrets / secrecy] of the unconscious mind to help the disabled [move / more] artificial [limbs / limps] using brain activity. It could also help those with dementia and [other / others] neurological conditions. A spokesperson said: "Our expectations from the dream study are quite [tall / high] , but we are also looking carefully at the [methodical / ethical] aspects of the technology, which may allow a [third / fourth] person to look at somebody else's [thoughts / thought] ." Head researcher Yukiyasu Kamitani said, "dreams have fascinated people since ancient times, but their function and meaning has remained closed". He believes his research is, "a key step towards reading dreams more [precision / precisely] ".

 


 
 

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