Dreamboard: the roots of a scientific project

Pubblished by admin on Dream Research Dreamboard Inc. Dreams
May 31, 2013

Dreamboard was born with the aim of improving the mental wellness of human beings in the contemporary world. The project started with a research program developed by Professor Bruno Bara, of the University of Turin, which had as its primary goal a better understanding of the inner working of the psyche and its way of attaining wellness.

Knowing our mind

The mind is not an organ like the heart, it’s impossibile to check it by monitoring different parameters with a simple detector. Only by integrating psychological, social, and biological research can we deal effectively with mental illness.
The only way we can really know what are our thoughts, sentiments and mood are is through self-tracking, which is the constant recording of these elements.
Nevertless, a record of this kind of information is the result of serial and parallel processes: decontextualized or generalized understanding does not exist. DB originates with the idea that understanding is not the result of a “formal” operation, but of a personal and active gesture, fruit of the awareness of the maieutic dimension in which meaning is given.

Why dreams?

Starting from this point, it’s easy to understand why dreams are appropriate tools for getting to know our inconscious better because they contain information – data of various nature (somatic, olfactory, visual, tactile, kinesthetic, visceral, emotional, etc.) – that combine independently, free from the perceptual filters and cognitive frameworks of the waking state, thus creating a nonstereotyped experiential dimension.
For this reason the Dreambord team has developed a tool that, by combining the algorithmic processing of data with infographic visualization, feeds back a variety of useful information to the user, in order to improve the knowledge about him/herself, his/her emotions and thoughts over long periods of time.
What DB is attempting to do is create an interpretative canon that is consistent with the uniqueness of each individual, devoid of all clichés.

The development

The roots of the Dreamboard project go back to 2002, when Umberto Prunotto, an engineer, manager, and entrepreneur began to be interested in the interplay of the conscious and the unconscious in human behavior. This particular interests led him, in 2010, to form an applied research unit with the researchers and psychologists Erika Bonetto, Romina Castaldo, Nicoletta Causi, Rossella Costantino e Tiziana Isaia, and the first center of operations for the realization of the project. In 2011 this research entity presented the results of a study on the traceability and usefulness of oneiric information, commissioned by Prof. Bruno Bara, at the conference “Mind and body” in Turin. Simultaneously, development began of the free version of the Dreamboard web application: the digital dream journal.
On November 2012 Dreamboard was officially launched in public beta, in conjunction with the launch of the companion app for iPhone, Dreamboard Mobile, and as of December 2012 Dreamboard had more than 10,000 users.

Our goal

Now Dreamboard is available online (www.dreamboard.com) but also for smartphone and tablet with the app for iOS and Android, and has more than 65,000 users. Everyone can create a free account profile and track his/her dreams in a diary. Using a scientifically designed tracking protocol to capture insights of various kinds, Dreamboard collects and processes structured data about a person’s needs, behaviors, and emotions, and then analyzes the data using protocols and models compatible with all the various schools of psychotherapy.
Our goal is to help people achieve full self-actualization by refining our analytical algorithms on the basis of the immense amount of data collected. Dreamboard analyzes and aggregates the data in order to report trends and specific information to every user, who can, in this way, ask himself/herself the right questions and undertake a process of self-knowledge that will lead to psychophysical well-being.

Next posts: keep on following us

In order to explain more clearly what the scientific bases of Dreamboard, we will publish in this blog different articles written by Professor Bruno Bara and Dr. Nicoletta Causi:
Introduction to the theory of dreams
Emotional theory: 6 basic emotions
The meaning of colors in dreams
Physical presence in the dream
The weirdness of dreams
People, places, things

The authors:
– Professor Bruno Bara, Dreamboard Scientific Advisor., MD. Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, is Director of the Center for Cognitive Science, Director of the Center for NeuroImaging, Director of the Schools of Cognitive Psychotherapy of Como and Torino and professor of Psychology at Turin University, Italy. Bruno Bara has been visiting Professor at the International Computer Science Institute, the University of California at Berkeley (1997, 1998, 2012). His research focuses on Mental Models of Deduction, Cognitive Pragmatics, Therapist/client relations.

– Dr. Nicoletta Causi, a practicing Psychologist and Psychotherapist, is President of the “Officine Psicologiche” Association and works with Dr. Bruno Bara’s research team on dreams at the Center for Cognitive Science, University of Turin, Italy. Dr. Causi performs clinical psychology work with individuals, couples and groups both in private practice and in public healthcare institutions. Dr. Causi graduated summa cum laude in Psychology at the University of Turin and specialized in Cognitive Psychotherapy.


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