Do Spiders Dream of Eight-Legged Sheep?

Researchers found jumping spiders, known for their acrobatic hunting, exhibiting signs of R.E.M. sleep, but it is unknown whether they dream, or even sleep.

#brain, #dreams, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #sleep, #spiders, #your-feed-science

What Does Dreaming About an Ex Mean?

And what the dreams can teach us about our own yearnings, then and now.

#dating-and-relationships, #dreams, #emotions

Why Does Alcohol Mess With My Sleep?

Tips for getting a better night’s rest when your evening plans include drinking.

#alcoholic-beverages, #apnea-sleep-disorder, #content-type-service, #dreams, #insomnia, #sedatives, #sleep

When Dementia Strikes at an Early Age

Dementia in a person in their 30s, 40s or 50s poses special challenges, starting with getting a diagnosis.

#age-chronological, #alzheimers-disease, #brain, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #dementia, #dreams, #frontotemporal-dementia, #jama-neurology-journal, #memory, #sports-injuries

Melatonin for Sleep: How the Aid Works

The “vampire hormone” can act like a dose of sunset, tricking your body into feeling like it’s time to sleep.

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The Global Dream Lab

All around the world, the pandemic provoked strange nocturnal visions. Can they help shed light on the age-old question of why we dream at all?

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Dr. J. Allan Hobson, Who Studied the Dreaming Brain, Dies at 88

He disputed the Freudian view that dreams held encrypted codes of meaning, believing instead that they resulted from random firings of neurons in the brain.

#brain, #deaths-obituaries, #dreams, #freud-sigmund, #harvard-medical-school, #hobson-j-allan, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research, #sleep

Game Builder Garage hides powerful programming tools behind a cute interface

The idea of a video game that lets you build other video games is nearly as old as the medium itself, dating back at least to 1983’s Pinball Construction Set. More recently, series like Little Big Planet and Dreams have shown just how powerful simple controller-based game creation tools can be, while experiments like Kodu and Project Spark have failed to find the necessary audience to sustain themselves.

Nintendo isn’t new to this concept, either—the Mario Maker series and games like WarioWare DIY have given players robust creation tools to play with. But Game Builder Garage is Nintendo’s most ambitious effort yet to let its users make games, using a coding-free environment built for the Nintendo Switch.

Meet the Nodons

The basic layout of Game Builder Garage will be familiar to anyone who has used visual programming tools Scratch or the Unreal Engine’s Kismet environment. Instead of being built with lines of code, Garage games are made by placing and connecting little colored square beings called Nodons, which sit in the design space and distractingly blink their eyes at you every few seconds.

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#coding, #dreams, #game-builder, #gaming-culture, #learning, #nintendo, #programming, #switch

So You Want to Have a Lucid Dream?

The internet is home to all kinds of advice about how to experience consciousness while dreaming. What works?

#dreams, #sleep

Rosalind Cartwright, Psychologist and ‘Queen of Dreams,’ Dies at 98

An early researcher of sleep disorders and the role of dreams in emotional health, she studied her subjects’ nights to help them turn their days around.

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I Learned This Stress-Management Trick When I Was 3

It soothes me. Makes me more present, less anxious. And it just feels good.

#children-and-childhood, #dreams, #meditation, #sleep

What We Dream When We Dream About Covid-19

Several recent studies shed light on the pandemic preoccupations of sleepers.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dreams, #emotions, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sleep, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Mike Birbiglia Talks About Fatherhood in His New Book

What happens when two people who can’t sleep have a baby who … also doesn’t sleep? Mike Birbiglia found out.

#birbiglia-mike, #dreams, #parenting, #sleep, #sleepwalking

Why am I having weird dreams lately?

Because we all are. But know this: You can program your dreams.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dreams, #sleep, #your-feed-selfcare