Distinguished cognitive scientist Carlyle Smith presents data that suggests that people can dream details about the personal struggles of strangers by examining a picture and intending to dream about them.
From Psychology Today:
In a recent paper (Smith, (2013) Can healthy, young adults uncover personal details of unknown target individuals in their dreams? Explore 2013; 9:17-25) Carlyle Smith, the distinguished cognitivescientist and Lifetime Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Trent University, in Canada presented data that seemed to suggest that people can intentionally dream details about the personal problems of an unknown individual simply by examining a picture of the target and then “incubating” or planning to dream about that individual’s problems.
It is no understatement to say that Smith is a very careful and rigorist experimentalist. He was and is a driving force in the revolutionary transformation in our understanding of how sleep can facilitatememory consolidation. The design of these experiments on dream “telepathy” were similarly well designed and so need to be taken seriously.