Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Psychiatry | Tags: Dreams, Interpreting Dreams, Machine Learning Models, MRI, Visual Imagery | Comments Off on Japanese Dream Machine Predicts Pictures While We Sleep
Grrr… Waking from a dream, instantly forgetting it is one of the slight handicaps we suffer as intelligent beings, surprisingly it doesn’t seem to appear on any of the interwebs Most Annoying lists – unlike No 12 our ability to eat with our mouths close – which also eeks me no end! Japanese scientists have solved the first problem, they’ve invented a machine that predicts images dreamt during sleep.
In science Visual Imagery during sleep – dreams, or at least the pictorial part of dreams – has to-date been elusive to any objective analysis.
Japanese researchers however have taken a novel new approach to decoding our subconscious thoughts during our none waking hours, utilising machine learning models they’re now able to predict the visual content of our dreams. The new study – Neural Decoding of Visual Imagery During Sleep – published in the journal Science and the findings could pave the way to prevent nightmares :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 13th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Climate Change, Psychiatry | Tags: Anthropogenic Global Warming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Climate Change, Global Warming, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD | Comments Off on New Study Says Climate Obsessives Swayed By Media
A new published study has highlighted how the media influences opinion on emotive issues. The study undertaken by the University of Sydney was carried out to investigate whether climate change had any impact on the nature of the obsessions or compulsions experienced by sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – OCD
The study takes reference from a 1994 study which found that some children developed obsessive thoughts about Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome – HIV/Aids – once media reports on the virus became common place.
“We suggest that mental health professionals need to be aware of, and assess for the presence of such concerns” the study recommended.
This latest study has found that many patients suffering with OCD are worrying about the effects of climate change and global warming. Dr Mairwen Jones and her co-authors looked at 50 patients attending an anxiety disorders clinic.
They found one-third of the patients had anxiety about the effects of climate change. The most common concerns were wasting water, gas and electricity, often leading to an obsessive checking to make sure utilities and appliances were switched off :: Read the full article »»»»