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Small electrical pulses during sleep make some people feel as though they can manipulate their dreams, a team from Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Goettingen reported Sunday.
The short shocks, which are barely perceptible, also make some sleepers more aware they’re dreaming and feel more like they’re watching their dreams as outsiders, the scientists wrote in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
"People normally take their dreams as reality [while they’re sleeping]," says neurologist at Goethe University Frankfurt, who contributed to the study. "Lucid dreamers view their dreams like a movie: You know it’s a dream, and you change it in certain instances. You put the dream in a dimension other than reality.
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