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Lucid dream

Historical and Philosophical Perspectives: – Lucid dreaming in ancient practices like Yoga nidra and Tibetan dream Yoga. – References in ancient Greek writings and by […]

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Historical and Philosophical Perspectives:
– Lucid dreaming in ancient practices like Yoga nidra and Tibetan dream Yoga.
– References in ancient Greek writings and by historical figures like Aristotle and Sir Thomas Browne.
– Contributions of prominent figures like Dutch author Frederik van Eeden and French sinologist Marquis d’Hervey de Saint Denys.
– Evolution of research on dreams and dreaming through the centuries.

Scientific Research and Findings:
– Studies by researchers like Celia Green, Dr. Keith Hearne, and Stephen LaBerge on characteristics and techniques of lucid dreaming.
– Cognitive science insights on brain activity during lucid dreaming by J. Allan Hobson.
– Investigations on brain regions activated during lucid dreaming and its relation to higher cognitive functions.
– Research studies on lucid dreaming from early 20th century to recent years.

Utilization and Applications:
– Lucid dreaming as a trainable cognitive skill distinct from other dream types.
– Therapeutic applications like treating nightmares and using lucid dreaming in psychotherapy.
– Studies on the benefits of lucid dreaming in enhancing problem-solving skills, creativity, and cognitive abilities.
– Techniques and methods for inducing lucid dreams such as reality testing, dream journaling, and mnemonic induction.

Prevalence, Frequency, and Benefits:
– Meta-analysis showing the prevalence and frequency of lucid dreams in the general population.
– Benefits of lucid dreaming in enhancing problem-solving skills, creativity, and cognitive abilities.
– Link between long-term meditation and increased lucid dreaming.
– Studies on the neural correlates of dream phenomenology during sleep and the potential therapeutic benefits of lucid dreaming.

Risks, Concerns, and Further Reading:
– Potential risks for individuals new to lucid dreaming like stress, confusion, and potential mental health issues.
– Studies on the long-term risks associated with lucid dream induction techniques.
– Further reading on historical perspectives, methods for directing dreams, and longitudinal case studies on sleep paralysis and lucid dreaming.
– Investigations on the inverse relationship between lucid dreaming intensity and psychopathology, and the link between dream frequency, lucid dreams, and subjective sleep quality.

Lucid dream (Wikipedia)

In the psychology subfield of oneirology, a lucid dream is a type of dream in which the dreamer realizes that they are dreaming while dreaming. The capacity to have lucid dreams is a trainable cognitive skill. During a lucid dream, the dreamer may gain some amount of volitional control over the dream characters, narrative, or environment, although this control of dream content is not the salient feature of lucid dreaming. An important distinction is that lucid dreaming is a distinct type of dream from other types of dreams such as prelucid dreams and vivid dreams, although prelucid dreams are a precursor to lucid dreams, and lucid dreams are often accompanied with enhanced dream vividness. Lucid dreams are also distinct state from other lucid boundary sleep states such as lucid hypnagogia or lucid hypnopompia.

In formal psychology, lucid dreaming has been studied and reported for many years. Prominent figures from ancient to modern times have been fascinated by lucid dreams and have sought ways to better understand their causes and purpose. Many different theories have emerged as a result of scientific research on the subject. Further developments in psychological research have pointed to ways in which this form of dreaming may be utilized as a form of sleep therapy.

The term lucid dream was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his 1913 article A Study of Dreams, though descriptions of dreamers being aware that they are dreaming predate the article. Van Eeden studied his own dreams between January 20, 1898, and December 26, 1912, recording the ones he deemed most important in a dream diary. 352 of these dreams are categorized as lucid.

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