Lucid dreamers may be better at problem solving
People who are capable of lucid dreaming--in which the dreamer realizes he or she is dreaming--may possess cognitive intelligence that makes them better at solving problems in reality, according to new research.
Scientists at the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. recruited 68 participants between the ages of 18 and 25, some of whom had never experienced lucid dreaming and the others who were either occasional or frequent lucid dreamers. The participants were asked to take a test which involved 30 "problems", each consisting of three words. After hearing the three words--for example, "sand," "mile" and "age,"--the participants had to identify one word that would solve the problem--in this example, "stone."
The results of the study showed that the people who frequently experienced lucid dreams were able to solve 25 percent more of the problems than those who had never had a lucid dream.
The findings, published in the American Psychological Association journal Dreaming, suggest that frequent lucid dreamers may solve more insight-related problems in real life than people who don't have lucid dreams. Researchers presume that the insight experienced during lucid dreams may be related to cognitive intelligence needed for insight when awake.