Pre-thesis Week6

Step 1 – Reflection

1.What is the Special Nature of Nightmares After Trauma?

When people are recovering successfully from a traumatic experience, the most typical evolution of dreams is that they begin with frequent recreations of the trauma, but then fewer of these dreams occur or they are milder versions: someone who has barely escaped a burning house may have dreams that scale down to trash bin fires breaking out. It is also common for dreams to move toward better outcomes – being rescued, fires being put out, mastery over attackers – as the person recovers.

2. What theories suggest the dreaming process is?

  • A component and form of memory processing, aiding in the consolidation of learning and short-term memory to long-term memory storage.
  • An extension of waking consciousness, reflecting the experiences of waking life.
  • A means by which the mind works through difficult, complicated, unsettling thoughts, emotions, and experiences, to achieve psychological and emotional balance.
  • The brain responding to biochemical changes and electrical impulses that occur during sleep.
  • A form of consciousness that unites past, present and future in processing information from the first two, and preparing for the third.
  • A protective act by the brain to prepare itself to face threats, dangers and challenges.

3. How can my experiments help my research?

The experiment of building the virtual dream environment can provide a relative real dreaming content and story line for users to understand their dream. The experiment 2 is about the dreaming diary, which can help me to record the dream in a regular frequency and find the relationship between my dream and these theoires. The experiment 3 is about searching the similar link between different interpretation and what we dream, which can help me to link the psychology field with the dream process.

Step 2 – Timeline

4/1: Experiments and Prototypes decision: Schedule the plan and keep on researching, find specific articles related to interested theoires. 

4/8: Starting to use the methods and do early prototype of my  project, and improving my experiments.

4/15: Playtesting of early prototypes, and get some feedbacks.

4/22: Keep on testing the prototype and modify the prototype. Provide a final outline

4/29:  Do one vs one talking with professors, and start to write, and prepare for the presentation.

5/6: Final Presentation

5/13: Final Presentation

Step 3 – Prototypes/Experiments

Keep working on the previous three experiments to prepare the enough information for the project.

  • Collect and choose specific dreaming elements and build the 3-D model of it
  • Build up a storyline of the dream or the dreaming process, and then use the AR technology to rehersal the process.
  • Record a video and do AE of it to provide the whole concept of the project.
  • Create a website page to explain the project and mock up the virtual dreaming process.

Step 4 – Research

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