Where do dreams come from? It is an age-old question, but today’s sciences still have to continue to find an answer to it.
While ancient civilizations tend to interpret dreams rooted in supernatural or spiritual elements, modern society often assumes that dreams actually originate from everyday life itself, what they we see, hear, and meditate while awake.
Computer scientist Alessandro Fogli from the Roma Tre University in Italy explains: We have a hypothesis called the continuum of dreams. This theory implies that most dreams are just continuation of what’s happening in your daily life.
If you think of life as a car on the road, the moment you fall asleep, that car suddenly presses the brake and your brain doesn’t stop in time. The car of life then continued to drift forward inertia, into the realm of dreams.
Your brain actually continues to live in a world that followed the world you lived in awake. And the next morning when you wake up, you can simply restart the car after braking it. Moving out of the world of dreams, your dream experiences can even affect what you will do in the real world.
All of our dreams have meaning
“The dream continuity theory states that everyday life influences dreams (e.g., anxiety can cause nightmares) and vice versa (e.g., dreams affect resolution skills. real life problem)“Fogli wrote.
These psychological theories stem from the work of Sigmund Freud and other scientists from the 20th century. They initiated the view that all dreams have meaning. If we carefully analyze what a person experiences during the day while awake, we can understand their dreams and vice versa.
Suppose, during the day you meet a beggar on the street and find his face austere. This event gives you a very strong impression, you gave him some change and he is really grateful.
This event may not really end there, even if you think you have stopped thinking about him. When you fall asleep at night, your brain turns over the feelings and images of the begging old man again. But this time, you may not really dream of him, you dream that someone close to you is simply in trouble and needs your help.
This story is called a dream report, which modern scientists use to analyze the dreams you have. Usually, when they want to understand your dreams, they will ask you to write two diaries, one for what you did during the day and the other for what you dreamed of.
Then, scientists will try to find clues about similar symbols, characters and structures between the two versions of the diary. It is called “Hall and Van de Castle system” used to explain dreams with the characters appearing within them, the interactions these characters have and the effect these interactions have on the characters.
However, one problem with the Hall and Van de Castle system is that so far, it has only used a manual screening process. Scientists must read the dream reports and use their thinking to analyze every character, context, and structure they see. This work is very slow, time consuming and not always objective and accurate.
That is why sleep scientists today are constantly searching for algorithmic solutions that can automate the task of identifying and annotating dream content according to the Hall and Van de Castle method.
Decode your dreams with a computer
In their new research, Fogli and his team came up with a new way to do this. They built a language processing and screening algorithm to track and analyze more than 24,000 dreams from a huge database called DreamBank.
The researchers explained: “We have designed a tool that automatically scores dream reports by operating the dream analysis scale widely used by Hall and Van de Castle.
And we’ve confirmed the tool’s effectiveness on hand-annotated dream reports … testing what sleep scientists call the ‘continuity hypothesis’ at scale. ever had”.
Fogli’s dream processing engine has helped to simplify the Hall and Van de Castle system, analyze the text of dream reports and focus on the characters, social and emotional interactions the dreamer predicts. fox.
“These three aspects are considered to be the most important factors in supporting the interpretation of dreams. With characters, interactions and emotions, we define the backbone of a dream plot: Who was present, what actions were taken and what emotions were expressed “, they write.
When Fogli compared the output of the language-processing engine he built with hand-annotated notes written by dream experts, the results matched 75%. That’s not an absolute point, but a promising signal that technological developments like these could lead to new breakthroughs in dream research.
The researchers also found evidence in data analysis that supports the hypothesis of dream continuity – the notion that dreams are a continuation of what happens in everyday life. According to the researchers, the dream reports contain many “signse “reflects what the dreamer has experienced in real life.
You can explore aspects of their analysis, all based on real people’s dreams this sitewhere all project data is stored.
Fogli’s new work is just a small step on the journey to decoding all the dreams we have. However, scientists say an algorithm-based approach to data analysis can help us acquire “t” technologies.narrow the gap between reality and dreams “.
Imagine if we could 100% understand our dreams through data analysis of its relevance to real-life events, we could control our dreams in a positive, diminishing direction. reduce nightmares through therapies, even activate your brain to dream about anything you want.