'I want to be able to run across this lake'Imagine you could choose your dreams. Imagine you could create your ‘perfect dream’. (Stop drooling at the back). Well, that’s what Richard Wiseman, professor of the public understanding of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire is attempting to offer via a new iPhone app.
Wiseman has been working for over a year with app developers Yuza to create an iPhone app that would be able to “influence people’s thoughts and imagery while they are dreaming”.
I know, imagine if this works, just imagine how awesome that would be? And good news, Professor Wiseman, writing in The Guardian, is asking for human guinea pigs to test the app and see if it has potential to work with a mass audience.
You just download the Dream:On app and before you go to sleep select one of the pre-programmed dreams, such a walk in the woods or lying on a beach. “The app comes with three free dreams. You can buy others if you want, but that’s not necessary to take part in the study,” says Wiseman. Then you tell the app when you want to wake up. When you do wake up the app asks you for a short description of your dream.
“Research from sleep laboratories suggests that it should indeed be possible to give people their desired dreams and help them wake up feeling happy and refreshed. But is that really the case? To find out, we need your help,” says Wiseman.