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Deconstructing the sleeping brain
Michelle Carr Ph.D.
Cars, driving, and transportation troubles are considered one of the most common dream themes universally, and a typical bad dream theme is of losing control of a vehicle.
A recent survey study reveals 5 types of strategies that lucid dreamers say they use to control their dreams.
Scientists at the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory in Montreal test claims that applying electrical stimulation to the brain can increase the occurrence of lucid dreams.
Studying dreaming and subjective experience during sleep provides varied evidence of the ways in which sleep is a complex and diverse state.
A recent study provides evidence that auditory content is frequent in dream experiences, most commonly taking the form of hearing other characters speaking.
A pilot study shows how lucid dreaming impacts insomnia and mood symptoms.
You wake up, get out of bed, and go about your routine, only to suddenly realize you're still dreaming. False awakenings can frustrate, but can also trigger lucid dreams.
In the study, participants observed landscape images and recorded their dreams. Participants whose dreams related to the landscapes had better memory later.
In sleep paralysis, the false sense of a threatening presence is common. But this feeling also occurs in epilepsy, brain injury, and it can even be induced in healthy people. How?
One recent study explored whether lucid dreaming can promote personal growth, including enhanced creativity and self-esteem.
Applying electrical current over the sensorimotor cortex during REM sleep inhibits dreamed movements, evidence that the cortex is causal in the generation of dream experience.
A recent study shows that simple imagery exercises can improve patients' control over nightmare content.
Attempting to suppress an unpleasant thought prior to sleep leads to more dreams about that thought. Could this be adaptive?
A study of narcoleptics suggests that dream recall is associated with increased brain activation in parietal areas in both NREM and REM sleep.
Presenting pleasant scents during sleep could provide a complementary approach to improving sleep quality and dream emotional tone in PTSD patients.
A recent study suggests that sleep-inertia, the altered state immediately after awakening, may be associated with cross-sensory experiences similar to synesthesia.
A recent paper discusses the phenomenon of “white dreams” — the feeling of having dreamt without having any recall for the content.
A recent paper explores “The Case of Nightmare Distress.”
A few studies in the past few years have suggested that dreaming of a specific learning task may be associated with improved performance.
Dreaming that your teeth are falling out is a relatively common experience—but why?
A recently published neuroimaging study looked at the relationship between brain anatomy and dream recall.
Dreaming about recent experiences is linked to brain oscillations during sleep.
Several researchers have proposed that in dreams we may witness memory consolidation that occurs during sleep. A recent study finds evidence supporting the idea.
A recent study published in Scientific Reports examined whether breathing irregularities during REM sleep may correspond with dream content.
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Our brains cycle through four stages during sleep; these stages give rise to unique types of dream experiences that reflect which parts of the brain are active during sleep.
VICE Quebec recently visited the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory in Montreal to discover how we can hijack sleep to augment learning.
Blind subjects exhibit rapid eye movements during sleep and report visual activity similar to sighted subjects.
An offline 'Dreaming' phase allows neural networks to unlearn, and can enhance functioning overall.
Researchers tested the effectiveness of three common lucid dreaming techniques.
Michelle Carr, Ph.D., works at the University of Rochester Sleep and Neurophysiology Laboratory. She has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the University of Montreal, where she conducted research at the Dream and Nightmare Lab.