Lucid Dreaming: New Horizons for Research

July 29, 2014 2:54 PM

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Lucid Dreaming: New Horizons for Research

For most of the 20th century, lucid dreaming received almost no attention from mainstream psychologists. Most researchers seemed to think it was impossible to be dreaming and self-aware at the same time. (The philosopher Norman Malcolm's 1962 book Dreaming made exactly that argument.) Even if a few people reported having lucid-dream experiences, it was easy to dismiss such claims as fantasies, exaggerations, or, at best, a trivial gimmick of the mind.

Several years into the 21st century we now know that all those assumptions about lucid dreaming were wrong. Various degrees of consciousness in sleep are indeed possible, including the awareness that one is in a dream while it is happening. According to demographic research, more than 50 percent of ...

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