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Would You Use An App To Help Control Your Dreams?

The website for the Sigmund App. (credit: sigmundapp.com)

The website for the Sigmund App. (credit: sigmundapp.com)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Do you suffer from recurring nightmares? Do you wish your dreams were a bit more entertaining?

A new iPhone app aims to help you, CNET’s Sree Sreenivasan explained.

Dream control has been the stuff of Hollywood movies like “Inception” and “Dreamscape.” An iPhone app named “Sigmund” – created by a Harvard Ph.D student – is designed to program your dreams.

The app works this way: Before you go to bed, you choose from a list of about 1,000 words. The words come in a number of different categories, like “adventure,” “sports” and “romance.” The app calculates what time you’ll reach REM sleep, when you’re most likely to be dreaming, and then a soft, female voice repeats your selected words over your iPhone’s speaker.

The app is based on a study which suggested that it was possible to alter participants’ dreams about a third of the time.

The app costs 99 cents.

Would you use the app? Sound off in our comments section below. 

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Sree Sreenivasan is CBS2′s technology expert, appearing every Wednesday morning at 6:50 am to discuss ways to save you time, money and aggravation. He is also a social media blogger for CNET News. He is a professor and Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. You can find him onTwitter and Facebook  and on his personal siteE-mail your questions with “CBS New York” as the subject line.