It appears that applying an electrical current to your brain not only boosts your cognitive powers but can also help you obtain the mystical ability of lucid dreaming, where you can control the plot and outcome of your dreams. These findings come from a new study that found that lucid dreaming could be induced in a full 70% of participants, with a simple (external) electrical current passed across the frontal lobe. This has obvious applications for body hackers, but perhaps more importantly it may have a medical use, too, in helping people who suffer from chronic nightmares, and psychosis. Similarities in brain activity during lucid dreaming and psychosis suggest that dream therapy may be useful in psychiatric treatment, a European Science Foundation (ESF) workshop has found.
Medically, the only immediate application for the study is the treatment of chronic nightmares, where being able to steer your imagination away from hellish thoughts would be a rather fine thing. For body hackers, it should be fairly easy to set up some kind of EEG that detects when you enter REM sleep, and then to provide an electrical current at 40Hz. Cheap USB EEGs have been available for a couple of years now, and a standard tDCS headset could be modified to provide the necessary current/frequency.
Potential Psychosis Treatment: During a psychotic episode, a person may experience delusions. Paranoid delusions can cause a person to be suspicious of individuals or organizations, believing them to be plotting to cause the person harm. The dream hacking technology can help with stimulating happy thoughts or memories in the psychotic patient, which could help bring back or trigger some memories. With dream hacking technologies, and the use of antipsychotic drugs, the statistics of psychosis patients would reduce.
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