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Lucid dreaming can be induced by electric scalp stimulation, study finds

Lucid dreaming can be induced by electric scalp stimulation, study finds

May 14, 2014 - 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.



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( via theguardian.com )



2 comments

  • zabidaga#

    zabidaga wrote May 17, 2014 4:04:46 PM CEST

    I think it is possible that at least some abductions can be explained as people having lucid dreams and thinking instead that they are in an alien-induced trance. You go through sleep paralysis first where you can't move and hear strange voices and noises. Then you "awaken" into a world--usually in your own bedroom-- that seems a lot like reality, except it's a dream and weird shit can happen. I had a lucid dream last weekend where a baby was chasing me around; it was freaky as hell. I made it disappear because I knew I was dreaming, but someone experiencing this for the first time might not understand that they can control the babies chasing them or other "unnamed beings" that might appear. Plus, most people live boring, obscure lives and look for anything to make themselves seem more important or interesting. I'm not discounting UFO abductions completely, just saying that many of them could be explained this way.

  • Heckubis#

    Heckubis wrote May 17, 2014 5:16:18 AM CEST

    so you mean to tell me that unnamed beings of unknown intention or purpose can influence us into a stable lucid dream state from sleep. Contrary to what Doctors and scientists have told us in the case of abductions.
    this to me only adds to the probabilities that abduction cases are for at least some part genuine instances of interactions with unknown forces. (Sorry for the obscurities but assuming specifics is counterproductive)

 
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