Study: Gamers can control their dreams better than most

Gaming helps you "practice" to control your dreams

A psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada sees video games as "practice" for controlling your dreams. Jayne Gackenbach presented her work for discussion at the Sixth Annual Games for Health Conference in Boston this week.

A LiveScience article published earlier this week detailed a couple of studies conducted by Gackenbach in 2006 and 2008 where she surveyed the dreams of gamers and non-gamers and examined the connection between gaming and nightmares. Some of the things she found:

--People who played games were more likely to report lucid dreams (the kind you can control as an observer while still being a participant).--Of people who reported lucid dreams, gamers "never had dream control over anything beyond their dream selves."--Gamers didn't code nightmares as "threatening." Rather, they seemed to be having fun.--Gamers' nightmares are more violent than non-gamer dreams (like, rated-R as opposed to PG-13).

Gackenbach hopes to bring her research to a sleep study lab, but funding is an issue. LiveScience suggests that her research may tie into treatment studies for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Games for Health Conference concludes today.

Source:Video Gamers Can Control Dreams, Study Suggests [LiveScience]

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