The dream is often referred to as a flower bed. But not only decorate the bed, turns dreams can be an indicator to determine how the capacity to think.
British psychologist from the University of Lincoln found that people who experienced a lucid dream generally have the ability to solve problems better. Lucid dream is the ability to realize the boundary between dream and reality. In other words, even though they usually fall asleep can be realized when they are dreaming.
“A person can be said to have a lucid dream when he was able to see and remember most of the events that occurred in his own dream, and realized that he was dreaming. Ability is then influence their thinking skills while awake,” said lead researcher Dr Patrick Bourke, lecturer in School of Psychology at Lincoln.
In a study published in the American Psychological Associaton, the researchers analyzed the types of dreams of 68 people aged between 18-25 years. They also measured the cognitive abilities of participants with a test. As a result, participants who experienced a lucid dream is able to answer about 24 percent more than those who have never experienced a lucid dream.
People who experience a lucid dream has the ability to realize the things inconsistent showing that he was experiencing was not real, that he was aware of dreaming.
The ability to distinguish inconsistent things in a non-reality of these events are used to train the brain to analyze and realize the inconsistencies that occur in real life when a person is awake. This improves the quality of cognitive intelligence and problem-solving skills.
Although almost everyone claimed to have experienced a lucid dream at least once in his life, but 20 percent of them experienced a lucid dream regularly once every month or so. “The results showed that people who regularly experience a lucid dream is able to resolve much more than people who do not experience a lucid dream,” said Bourke.
It shows that the consciousness experienced during in a dream may relate to the same basic cognition is needed to realize the things in the waking state. The study also noted, some participants were categorized as high recaller dream that they were able to remember their dreams almost every day.
Participants in that category have a better development in the temporo-parietal junction and the prefrontal cortex of the brain, either when asleep or awake. Both parts of the brain responsible for impulse, anxiety, and decision-making.