Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of The Committee of Sleep, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it while falling asleep. The subjects recorded their dreams for a week, and graduate students reviewed the material and found that a third of the students successfully solved the problem in their dreams. One student was trying to decide whether to go to graduate school in Massachusetts or California. He dreamed he was flying in a plane that was having engine trouble when he suggested that the pilot try to land in Massachusetts. The pilot said it was better to
head toward the bright light in the West.
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