Decoding Dreams in New Research

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When you dream, what do you dream about? It doesn’t matter if you can’t answer that question — or don’t want to. Science is on the road to answering it for you.

In a new study recently published in "Science," researchers at Brown University were able to describe the images sleeping dreamers saw by reading MRI scans of their brain activity. Though this work is still in the earliest stages, it could lead the way to better understanding not just what we dream about, but also why we dream at all.

Masako Tamaki, research associate in Brown University’s Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences, is a part of that new study.