I recently got asked to cover a news story for COSMOS Magazine online. Go check it out.
Even when asleep, portions of our brains associated with the planning and execution of a particular movement 'light up', according to new research into lucid dreamers.
The study, published in a recent issue of Current Biology, used lucid dreamers - who can interact with and manipulate with their dream environment - to shed light on the mystery of our brain activity when we are asleep. Lucid dreamers have previously been shown to have unusual sleeping brain activity within the pre-frontal cortex area of the brain, suggesting they can access memories and still be aware that they are dreaming.