Dreams

Lucid dream

Lucid dreaming is defined as a dreamthat the individual dreaming is aware that he is dreaming, and in some cases, there is the possibility, or at least apparent, of manipulation of the content of this dream, or of the environment or even of his actions during this dream, resulting in an experience whose the memory is very clear and sharp (lucid). Some individuals who have experienced lucid dreams claim that they appear to be more real than reality itself, as all the elements present in that dream are amplified, making it a perception of augmented reality. Lucid dreamers can remember to perform certain actions during sleep and signal to researchers the moment of execution of these actions, determining the exact starting point of this lucid dream, allowing the establishment of relationships between neurophysiology,

People who have reported having lucid dreams describe these dreams as colorful, lively and fantastical, others report it as a “hyper-reality”. Some of these people compare these episodes with spiritual experiences and say that this dream changed something in their perception and way of life. Spiritual experience or not, lucid dreaming is capable of being detected and scientifically proven, and is in some cases classified as a protoscience, for not having the desired domain for knowledge of these neurophysiological bases. In a study, the perception of time during the lucid dream stage was verified, and the conclusions lead to believe that the perception of this time during the dream compared to the waking state are similar. The individuals tested in this research received instructions to signal the exact moment when they became lucid in their dreams, after that, they gave a signal and calculated an interval of ten seconds after this signal and after counting, they generated another signal determining the end of the counting, in this case the scientists noted that the average duration time was estimated to be thirteen seconds, approximately what we have in a waking state. Another test demonstrated that motor activities take longer to perform during lucid dreaming compared to the waking state. in this case the scientists noted that the average duration time was estimated to be thirteen seconds, approximately what we have in a waking state. Another test demonstrated that motor activities take longer to perform during lucid dreaming compared to the waking state. in this case the scientists noted that the average duration time was estimated to be thirteen seconds, approximately what we have in a waking state. Another test demonstrated that motor activities take longer to perform during lucid dreaming compared to the waking state.

Tasks performed during lucid dreaming showed a high correlation between activated brain areas, therefore, it is possible to rehearse motor or cognitive tasks during dreams by activating the same circuitry involved during the waking state, therefore, it is possible that lucid dreams perform the same function. training function for certain activities and this can be detected thanks to advances in neuroimaging techniques. Some studies have already shown positive results for this relationship, thus stating that dreaming and learning are correlated with each other.

Several universities lead research in this field, developing techniques and better understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms of these lucid dreams. Around the world, several institutions also try to better understand these dreams and carry out research independently. Some of these studies indicate that partially lucid or non-lucid dreaming are means of gaining self-knowledge. To date, none of these studies, both scientific and empirical, have indicated whether or not lucid dreaming can cancel out the benefits that are gained from normal dreaming.

Some research has shown that these dreams may not be produced entirely by dreams, but hallucinations occurring in the brain. Hallucinations or not, these have been increasingly studied for therapeutic purposes as studies show that lucid dream induction has important clinical application for individuals who suffer from recurrent nightmares from severe depression and post-traumatic stress. People who have never had a lucid dream can benefit from this dream as it is a skill that can be learned according to some researchers.

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