Control your dreams by playing video games

LiveScience is reporting that playing video games before bed can help gamers control their dreams. This can be helpful for those who have troublesome dreams.

"If you're spending hours a day in a virtual reality, if nothing else it's practice," said Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada. "Gamers are used to controlling their game environments, so that can translate into dreams."
I can personally attest to the fact that playing a ton of Tetris will affect your dreams. You'll be seeing those blocks fall down, endlessly clearing lines. After playing the heck out of Resident Evil 4 I had dreams of fighting back zombies for months. Far from a nightmare, I always found it to be a fun challenge.

Does anyone else have any experiences with video games and dreams?

Video Gamers Can Control Dreams, Study Suggests
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viet9xx2 years ago


koreya3 years ago

i don't have dream

koreya3 years ago

i don't have dream

rabidiga7 years ago
I think everyone is missing what Grant was talking about. It's a well known fact that thinking about something for an extended period of time will leak it into your dreams. That is nothing new.

What they are talking about is your ABILITIES within the dream. Becoming accustomed to jumping off walls, flying around or shooting fire from your eyes will make it more likely that in your dream you will believe you can do this. This has nothing to do with lucid dreaming or actually exerting control over your dreams.

In short, cool topic but horrible explanation and even worse title. Still worth posting though, thanks!
fungus amungus (author)  rabidiga7 years ago
Not sure where you're getting that. It's not about content, but control.

She found that gamers experienced less or even reversed threat simulation (in which the dreamer became the threatening presence), with fewer aggression dreams overall.

"What happens with gamers is that something inexplicable happens," Gackenbach explained. "They don't run away, they turn and fight back. They're more aggressive than the norms."

In other words, a scary nightmare scenario turned into something "fun" for a gamer.

I guess it's all really about how you interpret the word control in this context. I took it to mean being a god of your own dream world, controlling your surroundings. Perhaps the context of the research was more along the lines of controlling the situation by having a desensitized sense of fear. Either way I love his topic! Thank you again for posting it :)

Doddity7 years ago
Its all good unless you're still awake. Played guitar hero all night and then looked at a slatted wall while half asleep. THE DOTS WERE EVERYWHERE
Baddi Doddity7 years ago
 Ones i was playing guitar hero and i allmost fell a sleep but i still compleeted the song ?!?
so basically video games lead to limited lucid dreaming? i did lucid dreaming long before i got my first game system so i really can't offer any experience, but this has nonetheless piqued my curiosity
REA7 years ago
 i dont know. ive played Half-Life 2 for hours on end and didnt dream about killing Combines. although, i did have that dream i was a theoretical physicist.
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