Category: Research

Dream Research Contest

I was lucky enough to win a dream research contest! The challenge was to look at the word usage frequencies of six sets of dreams (available here) and make the following three predictions for each set:
a) Is the dreamer a male or female?
b) Is the dreamer younger or older than 18?
c) Is this a set of most recent dreams (MRDs) or highly memorable dreams (MemDs)?

I simply plugged the values from the baseline hypotheses into column B and the values from the sets into column C, then applied the following formulae:

=IF(C2>B2, "Female", "Male")
=IF(C19>B19, "Older", "Younger")
=IF(C25>B25, "MemD", "MRD")

And I added a test for cognition and perception, based on the findings in part 3 of “Creating a Baseline for Studying Patterns in Dream Content”.

It was a great learning experience for me and got the gears turning for some new features for Lightened Dream…

After a few nights of recording brainwaves from the MindWave and some advice from a cognitive scientist, I updated the plugin to also monitor the raw EEG data. I disabled the alpha, beta, delta, gamma and theta graphs by default, but they can be enabled from the plugin menu. I also added a first draft of the REM-detection algorithm – the audio track should now play after six blinks. And I renamed the plugin to ThinkGear EEG, as this covers both the MindSet, MindWave and ThinkGear compatible devices.
NeuroSky was kind enough to send me a MindWave EEG headset. And they are making Lucid Scribe available from their store! So I was finally able to test the plugin and added a screen to select the correct COM port and smoothed out the alpha, beta, delta and gamma brainwaves. And I renamed the plugin to MindWave.