Researchers from teams within the Neurology and Psychology departments at Liverpool's John Moose University have been conducting research on brainwaves while people were asleep and how this influenced their thoughts when they were awake.
They were particularly interested that while asleep, thoughts which lead to dreams and other fantasies went through the mind and created memories but were more concerned with where the ideas which brilliant scientists from the past had come from rather than basic everyday thoughts. Were they thoughts which were arrived at through daily research and imagination or while asleep in a relaxed state of mind by something linked to their natural intuition which, if remembered when they woke up or provoked could be put to the test and lead to another discovery.
They were focusing on the fact that while awake, people can think more openly and freely when relaxed compared to when agitated, so while asleep even more thoughts could be going on in the brain but the problem was to try to pick these up before they were forgotten or to latch onto them somehow since like with dreams we may only remember part of them.
Various members were working on these theories and intend presenting some of their findings at the city's Festival of Science which takes place from 6th - 11th September 2008 in the city.
But one day in May this year, a researcher noticed that it wasn't just sleep which generated good ideas but any state of unawareness. It all came about after a man with epilepsy had a seizure and while recovering and getting his energy back started reading aloud the thoughts went through his mind during the state of recovery. The researchers took details of these thoughts and when the patient had fully recovered tried to prompt the patient with ideas based on what he said to see if these would jog the memory of what the patient was thinking or provoke the thoughts he was having while in the seizure and therefore these could possibly have been real thoughts which were going through the mind generated by the seizure.
To their amazement, the patient recalled some things and expanded on them which were advanced. But with every problem solved another is created, so the researchers knowing the information was generated during the seizure are trying to find out if there is anything telepathic or linked to ESP (Extrasensory perception) during a seizure since many people with seizures have come up with ideas not too long after recovering from a seizure as well as picked up information in advance of it happening via premonitions as well as thoughts which are a bit far fetched for the normal mind.
The next thing for researchers to work out is could these thoughts have been picked up by senses which everybody has but can only get tuned into during a state of subconscious, is it imagination or is it only for those with a gift? It is possible that everyone is gifted to some extent - more than they appear in general - but like this not everyone tunes into their gifted channel because they don't know how to recognise it and therefore don't excel in their area of expertise.
So the question is what gets the brain to think and tune into these channels which can release yet more ideas and put one's imagination to full use?
All brain conditions have evidence of exceptional brain power so could it be the abnormality in the brain which is generating these amazing ideas? Researchers believe there is something which could prove to be a connection here but further research is needed to eliminating factors of coincidence which can distort the results, so they will be conducting experiments with minimum of influences to see how much imagination can be released from the brain given the right thinking conditions.