Lucid Dreaming: a State of Consciousness with Features of both Waking and Non-lucid Dreaming

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Lucid Dreaming: a State of Consciousness with Features of both Waking and Non-lucid Dreaming

STUDY OBJECTIVES

The goal of the study was to seek physiological correlates of lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is a dissociated state with aspects of waking and dreaming combined in a way so as to suggest a specific alteration in brain physiology for which we now present preliminary but intriguing evidence. We show that the unusual combination of hallucinatory dream activity and wake-like reflective awareness and agentive control experienced in lucid dreams is paralleled by significant changes in electrophysiology.

DESIGN

19-channel EEG was recorded on up to 5 nights for each participant. Lucid episodes occurred as a result of pre-sleep autosuggestion.

SETTING

Sleep laboratory of the Neurological Clinic, Frankfurt University.

PARTICIPANTS

Six student volunteers who had been trained to become lucid and to signal lucidity through a pattern of horizontal eye movements…

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