iPhone app aims to program your dreams ('Inception' anyone?)
April 17th, 2012
11:04 AM ET

iPhone app aims to program your dreams ('Inception' anyone?)

By John D. Sutter, CNN

(CNN) - Harvard PhD student Daniel Nadler is trying to bring a really rudimentary version of the movie "Inception" to life with a new iPhone app that aims to help you "program your dreams."

Called Sigmund, the 99-cent app builds off of pre-existing sleep science to help people "program" the content of their dreams from a list of 1,000 keywords. After you select one to five words from the list, a sorta-soothing, sorta-robotic female voice reads the words you select during the deepest moments of your sleep cycle - the REM cycles - when you're most likely to dream vividly. In a sleep study that was the basis for the app, 34% to 40% of participants' dreams were memorably altered by the suggestive readings, he said.

"Obviously what goes on in the sleeping brain is not entirely remembered so it could actually be a higher incorporation rate," he said.

You don't have to fall asleep to the sound of the voice repeating the same words over and over. Before you go to bed, you tell the app what time you're going to sleep and what time you plan to wake up. It reads the words you've selected only during the points in your sleep cycle when you're most likely to be dreaming, based on averages of when REM cycles tend to occur. So if you're sleeping 4 hours, you'll get the words at different times than if you're sleeping for 8 hours. The iPhone sits next to your bed and plays the words over its internal speaker.

How well it works and whether consumers will be comfortable with the idea of programming dreams remains to be seen, however. Nadler, who is studying economics but has a fellowship at Harvard's Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative to research sleep-dependent learning, said his team combed the dictionary for words that would influence dreams in positive ways only.

But if you take a look at the list of words offered by the Sigmund app, it's pretty easy to imagine some dreams that would be totally creepy, if not downright terrifying. A dream, for example, that includes "mountain," "meadow" and "rain" might be soothing, but throw in "tiger" and "anaconda" and, depending on your sub-psyche, things could turn south. I tried the app last night and didn't sleep well at all because I was so worried that the "panda" I selected would attack me instead of being cute.

Also unnerving: There's a "romantic" category of words that includes bland-enough stuff like "boyfriend," "girlfriend" ... but also "sex," "nightclub," "bikini," "lover" and, weirdest of bunch, "flute." There's something unsettling about letting loose these sorts of randomly grouped words on your subconscious.

"We took out any verbal stimuli that has any potential negative connotation because we don’t want people reinforcing any negative emotion that they may have, much less dreaming about things that may cause them to harm themselves," Nadler said. But take a look at the "adventure" category and it's pretty easy to see how "army," "battle," "combat" and "harem" could have "potential negative connotations."

Nadler obviously didn't design the app for these reasons. He wants to end nightmares. People can, of course, choose whichever words from the list they'd like. It's not like you have to have a dream about a "battle" with a "zebra" unless you're working on a really weird screenplay. And Nadler says the app has been pretty successful at helping people to avoid recurring nightmares and to replace them with dreams of their choice.

Some of the app's early users agree.

Romain Zamour, a 23-year-old Yale Law student, said by e-mail that the app "makes me dream more" and changes his sleeping consciousness in interesting and unexpected ways:

Sigmund influences your dreams in subtle ways. For instance, one night, I entered the words: "black cat." I did not dream about a black cat. I had a very vivid dream of walking around Paris in the evening with a girlfriend. But, at a decisive moment in the dream, a black cat appears and watches us silently. This is really fascinating: you wake up in the morning, you know that the words you chose probably influenced the dream, and you try to figure out how.

Nancy Xie, a 20-year-old Harvard student, also reacted positively to having her dreams programmed:

I entered 'running, mountains' the first time it worked and had a really vivid dream jogging on a trail in the Sierras, a place that I had been to a number of times. It really took me back there.

Still, it's not something she wants to do all the time, she said by e-mail:

Influencing my dreams is not something I want to do every night, just like watching a movie is not something I want to do every night. I make an event of it. But when I do use it, I use it a few nights in a row, because it works best that way.

Nadler, who created the app with the help of two other developers, hopes more people will be making "events" out of their dreams in the future. As people get busier and busier, he said, there's all the more need for people to get entertainment or professional value out of their dreams. Eventually, he hopes people will be able to use apps like this to program studying and learning into the dreams as well.

If you check out the app, let me know in the comments section which words you programmed into your dreams and how well it worked.

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    April 18, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
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      April 18, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
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  41. Atlantaphotog

    Next question though – why is the app over 90 MB in size (??).

    April 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Reply
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      Probably because of all the audio clips for a large number of words.

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  42. iBod

    Funny, because I don't need this. I hate to sound like the odd one in the group, but on some nights when I am in intense thought, I occasionally dream about what I was thinking about before falling asleep.

    We have to remember: Dreams are never random, even though our brain may put random people, events, things, etc. together. Dreams are always what you already had a conscious or even an unconscious thought about at some point in the hours, days, or perhaps weeks leading up to the night you fell asleep and dreamed what you did; otherwise there is no intention to the dream. Dreaming is the process of unraveling the unconscious. Random? Try, Purposeful. Your mind would never put something entirely different with another right then and there. Your mind is constantly processing, and I won't be surprised if it already knows what I will be dreaming about before I have the chance to dream what I will. There is always a purpose. Think back. What you dream of your unconscious had to have come up with at some point in time. Of course you wouldn't know it because it is only then being expressed.

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    April 17, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Chris

      Well maybe, but you yourself say your dreams are affected by stimulus you put into your brain as you're falling asleep, whether it be by sleeping with earbuds in or with the tv on, so if that's the case, you actually make the app maker's case. And at 99 cents it's not like it's a huge waste of money. If it sort of works, it's probably worth a buck to play around with once or twice. Heck I've spent way more than that for a night's entertainment 🙂

      April 18, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
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      April 18, 2012 at 1:56 am | Reply
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    I guess if a million suckers each pay 99¢ for this App, the guy will make a lot of money. Good plan. He will certainly have sweet dreams.

    April 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • veggiedude

      I downloaded it a week ago and it was FREE. They say they will have an Android version around mid-summer. They are suppose to be uploading a iPod/iPad version today, so look for that soon.

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  45. aspiringapprentice

    No Android version?

    Hmph. Apparently androids *don't* dream of electric sheep.

    April 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
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    You can do this without spending any money. It's called dream incubation... Funny how it isn't mentioned in the article at all... I wonder why?

    Look it up.

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      Seriously, how hard is it to figure out that CNN (the most pro-apple newa source besides the NY Times) is promoting Apple yet again. Cut the crap CNN... this is getting really pathetic. Look at the way CNN covered Apples back within the past few days: While it's true that CNN reported the DOJ accuses Apple of colluding with book publishers to fix e-book prices (not legal by any stretch and very sleazy behavior for a near-monopoly tech goliath), what does CNN do next? It post THREE separate pro-Apple articles related to their e-book collusion. One asks 'gee whiz, will ebook prices really change that much. Another implies (using own Apples spiked kool-aid version of the 'truth') that "Hey... Apple is the good guy here... Amazon is the REAL monololy... Apple is just a minor little tech company who wants to save the world from the evil Amazon monopoly!" ... which of course required Apple to raise the price of ebooks for "the good of all consumers" not for Apples profits . Wake up Apple-fans. You are getting jerked around. Apple did the SAME thing to music that they are accusing Amazon of doing (not true... ebook prices FELL AND amazon did not monopolize them) what Apple does with ALL of it's products. If Apple fans want to pay for OBSCENE markups, that's cool with me... but the cannot break the law and affect the rest of us. CNN, please stop being evil.

      April 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
      • mark

        I just find it funny how serious you take an app review. don't you have anything better to do than write a thousand words making a criticism that no one is going to care about?

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        April 18, 2012 at 9:03 am |
      • Apple troll alert

        RE: "So...Beezey....how long have you worked for Google?" (Mark)

        So, Mark, though I suspect your REAL name rhymes with waitin', how long have you been trolling for Apple? BTW: Goo-goo, the worst privacy-rights offender, is just another pig in the trough. It used to be MS was the evil empire. Unfortunately for us all, now Apple and Goog have surpassed even them. At least our gubmint is pretending it has an eye on them now. Miniscule fine for Goo-goo for obstructing investigation into their privacy-rights abuses. Way to go g-men!

        April 19, 2012 at 5:25 am |
      • Beelzebubba

        Speaking of goo-goo...the "gmailman" video is hilarious... everyone I know loves it

        April 19, 2012 at 5:30 am |
    • DJCowboy

      Because the article is about the app itself, not methods to induce dreams

      April 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  52. z154

    no android version ? cmon.

    April 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
    • james

      stop being cheap, get some $$$, and buy a REAL phone. It's not a coincidence why most apps debut on iPhone.

      April 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Reply
      • Patrick

        Easier to debut on the underpowered device with the outdated interface.

        April 18, 2012 at 9:10 am |
      • iBuyWhatTheOtherSheepBuy

        Most apps debut on Windows machines. Most phone apps debut on Android phones (for now). But tell me, smart guy, do you have 500,000 apps installed on your outdated phone. In another half year even microsoft will have more phone apps than you can ever have time to try out. Think the next time Apple ads brainwash you. "Wow... a gazillion apps... even though 95% of them are useless garbage. How many do any people use regularly. Sheeesh.

        April 19, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • bob

      most apps come out for iphone first, mainly because there is more money to be made and less headaches. on android u have to test apps on 100's of devices to make sure it works.

      April 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • SixDegrees

        "on android u have to test apps on 100's of devices to make sure it works." – Uh, no.

        April 18, 2012 at 3:21 am |
      • gotta clue you in

        The tools and environments that developers have to use for Apple and for GooGoo/Android are pure crapola. They are third-rate stuff. This is a major reason why MS will likely win the race for mobile devices within a few years of Windows 8 launch later this year. Apple and GooGoo can of course play catch up with Microsoft in this area (they have the money), but Microsoft Visual Studio and other tools are VASTLY superior for dev work, testing, collaboration... YEARS ahead. Wait and see. Windows 8 will be a huge game-changer. You'll see within a few years.

        April 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • AgentJ

        This is true.

        April 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • nea kelley

      My Evo is a real phone dude... Iphone is an ok phone.. over priced.. and over controlled...

      April 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply
      • AgentJ

        First one: agreed. Second one: its called jailbreaking. 🙂

        April 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  53. Ryan

    Check this app out.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  54. DBK

    The author seems like a typical CNN writer: more interested in tellin gyou his or her personal response to a story than to actually reporting news. Just reading the comments shows how this amateur gets in the way of the story.

    That said, it's an interesting idea, but it isn't anything new. That there's an app for it is new, but people have been trying to influence their dreams, their studies, and a variety of other things during sleep since there have been recording devices. Maybe Apple could build an app to convince CNN executives to hire professionals. That would be a rare achievement.

    April 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • MAS

      Ummm, this is a blog, not a news article...

      April 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
      • DBK

        It's barely that. Again, as with much of CNN, the author wants to write about himself, not the alleged topic. But do feel free to be nasty to me. That makes this much more of a blog.

        April 17, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • bthumble

      FOX trolls sleep under bridges. Get a life DBK.

      April 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • SNB

      I find it interesting that, given how much you obviously dislike CNN, you even read the article...er, sorry...blog. It humors me when people have nothing better to do than post negative comments on websites that they don't even like.

      April 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  55. Andrei

    Words require conscious left-brain activity to process. For influencing dreams, I'm quite sure that sounds would be much more effective (e.g. birds singing, leaves rustling, engine roaring, whatever...).

    April 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  56. erin

    This app is insanely outdated. I downloaded this months ago – why are we jumping on this now CNN?

    April 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • RomneyaSocialist

      CNN is a bunch of apple fanboys

      April 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
      • Miss Demeanor

        You aren't the only one who's noticed... they've been promoting Apple for a long, long time now. It's really unprofessional for a major news org. Check Beelzebubba's comments above...

        April 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  57. Andre

    Will be trying it tonight!

    April 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • KillerBee

      Me too! I will post my thoughts on it tomorrow.

      April 18, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  58. duh

    the author isn't just skittish, I'd rate him as a level 5 sissypants with liberal tendencies

    April 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • John Sutter

      Well, thanks so much for the ranking. 🙂 - John (said author)

      April 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • bthumble

        Don't worry John. Now we know where all the Tea Party groupies went.

        April 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  59. AC

    Went to the app store on my driod, only saw Sigmund Freud books and 2 apps not released

    April 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • AC

      Reading is fundamental...

      May 25, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
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  60. boarddog

    As a test, in response to Jon's comment (With whom I agree) let someone you trust with your best interest pick the words so you do not know what they will be prior to sleeping/dreaming and then report the results.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • CloseButNoCigar

      Outside of the fact that part of the reason it could work is because you are putting conscious effort into choosing specific words. I don't think this guy was going for "high tech mind control", just a tool to help people minimize possible nightmares.

      When you've studied psych, then you can have a technical discussion on such things. Until then, you ought to stick the practical....

      April 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
      • Jon

        Again you miss the mark. We are not discussing psych but rather proper testing procedures. In order to properly gather test results that determine the success rate of the application the words should be chosen without the sleepers knowledge. The app itself may only have a 4% success rate instead of 40% if the individuals were not choosing the words themselves and thus causing the process of choosing to skew the results.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • rhobere

      That's exactly what I was thinking. Your dreams are influenced quite a bit by your own thoughts prior to falling asleep.

      April 17, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  61. Dave

    At last... Taylor Swift will be mine.. 8)

    April 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  62. boctorpoo

    I like the Dali-like icon.

    April 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  63. Reza Okhravi

    that is awesome. i'll give it a shot

    April 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  64. James

    Hmm, for 99¢ may as well try it!

    April 17, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  65. Destaphenes

    What an interesting app. I'm going to download this and give it a try..

    April 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
    • Adelina

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      September 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  66. Rick

    The author sure seems skittish about flutes and pandas.

    That being said, the occasional nightmare can be a bit cathartic and fun and it might be neat to queue one of those up.

    April 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • waffle

      this one time, at band camp...

      April 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
      • BandCamp

        lol waffle. made my day to read your comment.

        April 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  67. Jon

    This is interesting. I am no expert in the human brain but wouldn't the act of selecting the words knowing that you want to incorporate them in your dream have an influence on whether you dream about them? Nevermind having the app deliver the words audibly in your sleep.

    On a funny note if you can add words and come up with a combination to influence someone to wet the bed! Dream pranks. lol

    April 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Melodykari78

      It would be interesting if someone else programmed the words into the app, so you have no idea what will be audible.

      April 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
      • SomeGuyInNC

        Better yet, have the app pick a random set, only to reveal them to you the next morning.

        April 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • CloseButNoCigar

      Probably....but whether it works or not, isn't that what matters?

      April 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
      • Jon

        That was exactly my point. It may not work at all. The very act of YOU selecting the words may trigger you to dream about them. As others have stated it would be better for someone else to select the words or have them randomly generated by the phone. Only then can you truly prove whether or not it works because nothing outside of the phone has influenced the desire to dream about something specific.

        April 18, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  68. John

    They should partner with zeo, since it knows exactly when you are in rem state.

    April 17, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply

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