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Some Dreamers Are Better Problem Solvers

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:27:45 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(LINCOLNSHIRE, England) -- There are people who dream during sleep who have no idea they’re dreaming.  And then, there are those who dream and realize that they are dreaming. If you fall in the latter category, congratulations. You probably have better problem-solving skills than others.

That’s according to Dr. Patrick Bourke from the United Kingdom’s University of Lincoln.  He calls the ability to know when one is deep in a dream “lucid dreaming.”

Apparently, lucid dreamers have a special insight to know when events in a dream don’t make sense.

Bourke says that if a person has this cognitive ability, they generally have a talent for finding connections and inconsistencies that aren’t obvious to non-lucid dreamers when attempting to solve problems, particularly when they have to do with insight.

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