What I initially set out to find was if technology existed that would allow one to transfer the dreams they had the night before onto a standard VCR tape. I found that this technology does not, and most likely will not exist for years to come, although I did find out some extremely interesting information along the way.
First I have written a short definition of what exactly it was that I was trying to capture:
Mental imagery is experience that resembles perceptual
experience, but which occurs in the absence of the appropriate stimuli
for the relevant perception (c.f. Fink, 1989; McKellar, 1957). Very often
these experiences are understood by their subjects as echoes or reconstructions
of actual perceptual experiences from their past; at other times they may
seem to anticipate possible, often desired or feared, future experiences.
Thus imagery has often been believed to play a very large, even pivotal,
role in both memory and motivation . It is also commonly understood as
centrally involved in visuo-spatial reasoning and inventive or creative
thought. Indeed, it has usually been regarded as crucial for all thought
processes, although, during the 20th century in particular, this has
been called into question.
This link will
lead you to a more in depth definiton dealing with the terminological and
I then composed
a short list of the online organazations that I used as resources in my
Next I found
some related technologies products that are somewhat like what I was looking
The final step
in my research was to interview a person in the related research field.
The interview is located at