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New methods could propel investigation of neural “PGO” wave patterns that may underlie critical aspects of visual experience, dreaming, and even psychosis.

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By examining brainwave patterns in a posterior cortical area, scientists can predict when people are dreaming.

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Contributors

By Catherine Offord | March 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the March 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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In Your Dreams

By David Gelernter | March 1, 2016

Understanding the sleeping brain may be the key to unlocking the secrets of the human mind.

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Perchance to Dream

By Karen Zusi | March 1, 2016

Mapping the dreaming brain through neuroimaging and studies of brain damage

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Eyes Track Dream Scenes

By Kerry Grens | August 13, 2015

In vivo recordings from humans reveal that brain activity related to seeing pictures correlates with eye movements during REM sleep.

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Magic Mushroom Dreams

By Jef Akst | July 3, 2014

A psychedelic compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms triggers brain activity characteristic of dream states.

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Decoding Dreams

By Jef Akst | January 1, 2013

Researchers learn to predict visual imagery in dreams based on functional MRI scans of brain activity during sleep.

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