Inception, the 2010 concept thriller which starred Leonardo Di Caprio had a device that caused inability to distinguish reality from a fake world. Dreams within dreams were a reality in the movies. Now, a research team from Japan’s RIKEN Brian Science Institute Laboratory for Adaptive Intelligence has developed a system called SR- Substitutional Reality which could be used as a tool to learn about unrealistic experiences in a real environment.
People were put to test wearing the helmet-like device and tests proved that even after explaining the entire experiment subjects were unable to distinguish between live scenes and altered reality. Keisuke Suzuki Lead Researcher of the project said” In a dream, we naturally accept what is happening and doubt it is reality, however unrealistic it may seem on reflection. Our motivation is to explore the cognitive mechanisms underlying our strong conviction in reality”.
He further added “We can use this system to manipulate the matches between expected and actual sensory inputs in highly realistic environments, probing one current theory of schizophrenia. This might allow us to regenerate schizophrenic symptoms in a controlled fashion, perhaps providing avenues for therapy”. Scientists believe this system could be helpful in understanding psychiatric patients who suffer from delusions and hallucinatory episodes.