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Lucid dreaming can be induced by electric scalp stimulation
Scientists have discovered that it is possible to induce lucid dreaming in sleepers by applying mild electrical currents to their scalps, a study says.
Lucid dreaming is when a sleeper recognises they are dreaming and may even be able to manipulate the dream’s plot and control their behaviour.
"The key finding is that you can, surprisingly, by scalp stimulation, influence the brain. And you can influence the brain in such a way that a sleeper, a dreamer, becomes aware that he is dreaming," said Professor J Allan Hobson, from Harvard Medical School, who co-authored the paper published in Nature Neuroscience.
Previous research, led by Dr Ursula Voss of Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Germany, suggests lucid dreaming is a unique state that displays aspects of both REM-sleep – the stage of sleep in which most of our dreams occur – and waking. By examining the sleepers’ brainwaves over a range of frequencies, scientists have found that lucid dreamers demonstrate a shift towards a more “awake-like” state in the frontal and temporal parts of the brain, with the peak in increased activity occurring around 40Hz.
"Lucid dreaming is a very good tool to observe what happens in the brain and what is causally necessary for secondary consciousness," Voss said.
Now Voss and her team have reported that it is possible to induce lucid dreaming by delivering electrical stimulation, in the form of an alternating current to a sleeper’s scalp at this frequency.
The study involved 27 volunteers, none of whom had experienced lucid dreaming before. The researchers waited until the volunteers were experiencing uninterrupted REM sleep before applying electrical stimulation to the frontal and temporal positions of the volunteers’ scalps.
The applied stimulation had a variety of frequencies between two and 100Hz, but neither the experimenter nor the volunteer was informed which frequency was used, or whether a current was applied. Five to 10 seconds later the volunteers were roused from their sleep and asked to report on their dreams. Brain activity was monitored continuously throughout the experiment.
The results showed that stimulation at 40Hz resulted in an increase in brain activity of around the same frequency in the frontal and temporal areas. A similar, but smaller effect was observed at 25Hz. They also found that such stimulation often, but not always, induced an increased level of lucidity in the dreams of sleepers. At higher or lower frequencies, or when no current was applied, no change in brain activity was observed.
Hobson said the study could have implications in psychiatric research. “As a model for mental illness, understanding lucid dreaming is absolutely crucial. “I would be cautious about interpreting the results as of direct relevance to the treatment of medical illnesses, but [it’s] certainly a step in the direction of understanding how the brain manages to hallucinate and be deluded.”
The authors suggest triggering lucid dreaming in sleepers might enable them to control nightmares, for example in those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

neuromorphogenesis:

Lucid dreaming can be induced by electric scalp stimulation

Scientists have discovered that it is possible to induce lucid dreaming in sleepers by applying mild electrical currents to their scalps, a study says.

Lucid dreaming is when a sleeper recognises they are dreaming and may even be able to manipulate the dream’s plot and control their behaviour.

"The key finding is that you can, surprisingly, by scalp stimulation, influence the brain. And you can influence the brain in such a way that a sleeper, a dreamer, becomes aware that he is dreaming," said Professor J Allan Hobson, from Harvard Medical School, who co-authored the paper published in Nature Neuroscience.

Previous research, led by Dr Ursula Voss of Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Germany, suggests lucid dreaming is a unique state that displays aspects of both REM-sleep – the stage of sleep in which most of our dreams occur – and waking. By examining the sleepers’ brainwaves over a range of frequencies, scientists have found that lucid dreamers demonstrate a shift towards a more “awake-like” state in the frontal and temporal parts of the brain, with the peak in increased activity occurring around 40Hz.

"Lucid dreaming is a very good tool to observe what happens in the brain and what is causally necessary for secondary consciousness," Voss said.

Now Voss and her team have reported that it is possible to induce lucid dreaming by delivering electrical stimulation, in the form of an alternating current to a sleeper’s scalp at this frequency.

The study involved 27 volunteers, none of whom had experienced lucid dreaming before. The researchers waited until the volunteers were experiencing uninterrupted REM sleep before applying electrical stimulation to the frontal and temporal positions of the volunteers’ scalps.

The applied stimulation had a variety of frequencies between two and 100Hz, but neither the experimenter nor the volunteer was informed which frequency was used, or whether a current was applied. Five to 10 seconds later the volunteers were roused from their sleep and asked to report on their dreams. Brain activity was monitored continuously throughout the experiment.

The results showed that stimulation at 40Hz resulted in an increase in brain activity of around the same frequency in the frontal and temporal areas. A similar, but smaller effect was observed at 25Hz. They also found that such stimulation often, but not always, induced an increased level of lucidity in the dreams of sleepers. At higher or lower frequencies, or when no current was applied, no change in brain activity was observed.

Hobson said the study could have implications in psychiatric research. “As a model for mental illness, understanding lucid dreaming is absolutely crucial. “I would be cautious about interpreting the results as of direct relevance to the treatment of medical illnesses, but [it’s] certainly a step in the direction of understanding how the brain manages to hallucinate and be deluded.”

The authors suggest triggering lucid dreaming in sleepers might enable them to control nightmares, for example in those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.


Reblogged from neuromorphogenesis (Originally from neuromorphogenesis)

It was probably a freak thing more than the actual effects of this, but I had once tried to read any words I saw while awake, and since I did it frequently I had tons of aware dreams, even if they weren't fully 'Lucid'

Anonymous


That’s a fascinating way to become lucid. If you were more conscious about your intentions, you could easily have plenty of lucids.


Hello! I went through about all of your posts and yeah. So, I've never tried lucid dreaming at all. And I'm very scared.. yet excited because of all I read from this blog! Anyways, where do you wake up when you're lucid dreaming? Do you wake up in your bedroom where you slept? or a different place? Great blog <3 :)

Anonymous


You wake up in your dream! Sometimes it can be in your bedroom, but often it’s in the dream you were just having. Don’t be frightened, it’s safe and lots of fun :)


Why lucid dream?

allkindsofalive:

luciddreamingtips:

10 reasons to start lucid dreaming:

1. You can do things that you simply cannot do in waking life. You can fly, you can have super powers, you can walk through walls. You can really do anything you can think of!

2. You can go on wild, mind blowing adventures. Your subconscious has no end to its creativity and weirdness. You can conjure up your own adventures or go along with what the dream creates for you.

3. You can experience what it is like to be different people. You can become anyone you want and live their lives. This is often a rather enlightening and interesting experience.

4. You can fulfill certain fantasies that you can’t in real life. Whether that involves other people or anything at all, you can live out these fantasies without real life consequences.

5. Self exploration is a fascinating aspect of lucid dreaming. You can interpret dreams while you are in them. Ask questions about yourself and ask for advice. Your subconscious mind is much more honest and much more powerful than your conscious mind. Often you can learn a lot about yourself by interacting with it.

6. Lucid dreaming can also be used in a creative sense. You can view paintings you can paint when awake, hear music you can write or even meet characters for your next story.

7. You can often find profound wisdom within dreams. There are some theories that state that the subconscious mind is connected with something a lot larger than just you. I have personally found this to be the case. You can delve very deep into yourself and beyond and get wise answers and advice. 

8. Due to the lack of rules within dreams you can experience almost any concept. This could include something you are studying in school that has been tripping you up. You can use lucid dreams to interact with concepts and visualize them in a new and fascinating way. You can also experience spiritual concepts or learn about how your own mind works.

9. Lucid dreaming can teach you a lot about the subconscious itself. By exploring it and interacting with it you learn about a whole other aspect to your mind that you don’t often get to experience. This is enlightening in the fact that you can work with your subconscious rather than against it in your every day life.

10. The average person spends 1/3 of their lives sleeping. Reclaim those hours by taking up this night time hobby!

You can learn how to have your first lucid dream by checking out my ebook here!


Reblogged from allkindsofalive (Originally from luciddreamingtips)
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Have your first lucid dream

Hi everyone,

Just letting you know that I’ve released an ebook about having your first lucid dream.

You can check it out here.

Enjoy!


The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.

Sigmund Freud  (via psych-facts)


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did-you-kno:


Source:  Shaw, Tucker. 2000. Dreams. New York.

did-you-kno:

Source:  Shaw, Tucker. 2000. Dreams. New York.


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Source: did-you-kno

I had a dream last night and in it I began to question if it was a dream or not, I did a reality check by looking at my hands but they looked fine. Why didn't the reality check work?

Anonymous


Reality checks are about questioning your environment. When you perform them during the day, it’s not about your hands, it’s about pausing and questioning reality. Really stop and linger on the question “Am I dreaming?” It needs to be a very conscious moment.

You should also make your hands into a dream sign. So if they appear in your dream, you realize you are dreaming, either by a trigger or by questioning your environment once more.

It’s all about transferring conscious awareness into the unconscious dream state. So your reality checks cannot be unconscious and rushed, or they will be ineffective.

Good luck!


I've recently just gotten interested in the concept of dreams,it's such a fascinating experience! Anyways,a couple of nights ago i was lucid dreaming,and i tried to make some people that were in the dream yet,appear in it. I really wanted them to appear but they didn't! If it helps,i talked in my head when i asked to make them appear,but nothing happened, so i decided to just wander around instead. Is there anyway to make them appear?

thenonbendersmoved


Sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge to get people to appear.

Your expectations are very important. If you expect them to appear they will. So remain positive and don’t doubt your intentions.

You could also talk aloud to the dream and ask for the people to appear or ask for them to be somewhere when you go there.

Good luck!


When you lucid dream, are you creating your own dream? Or are you wandering around having an out of body experience? Or are those two different things? o:

lor-o


Some people believe both possibilities. I personally think that it’s a dream that is created by your subconscious, but that our subconscious is connected to something larger than us. Something wiser. I’m not sure what exactly, Robert Waggoner has some interesting ideas on it in his book “Lucid Dreaming - Gateway to the Inner Self”.

Out of body experiences are quite a bit different. I’ve sort of experienced a few, but not to the extent of others. I think lucid dreaming is definitely a gateway into out of body experiences.