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Strange Dreams Might Help Your Brain Learn Better

What’s the strangest dream you’ve ever had? Researchers exposed a computer brain simulation to different dreams during the three known phases of sleep: wakefulness, non-REM sleep, and REM sleep.

They found the three phases appear to have complementary functions for learning: experiencing the stimulus, solidifying the experience, and discovering semantic concepts.

Lead study co-author Jakob Jordan adds, “While non-REM dreams resemble waking experiences quite closely, REM dreams tend to creatively combine these experiences.”

Lead study co-author Nicolas Deperrois adds, “We think these findings suggest a simple evolutionary role for dreams, without interpreting their exact meaning. It shouldn’t be surprising that dreams are bizarre: this bizarreness serves a purpose.

The next time you’re having crazy dreams, maybe don’t try to find a deeper meaning – your brain may be simply organizing your experiences.”

Erin Hart and Chris Blood of 94.3 KAT Country discussed the story, as well as their own dreams, and you can hear it all by clicking below: 

 

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