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Science Achieves Inception-Like Dream Communication


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Although changing people’s thoughts while they are dreaming is still science-fiction, being able to communicate with them while dreaming appears to be possible after all. A team of international researchers led by scientists at Northwestern University achieved this breakthrough.

The 21st was joined by the lead author and co-author of the study “Real-Time dialogue between experimenters and dreamers during REM sleep” to hear more about this Inception-like phenomena. 


Ken Paller, Professor of Psychology, Padilla Chair in Arts & Sciences, and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Program at Northwestern University.

Karen Konkoly, Cognitive neuroscientist at Northwestern University and lead author of new research study called “Real-time dialogue between experimenters and dreamers during REM sleep.”

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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