Lucid Dreaminging : The Cause And Effects Of Lucid Dreaming

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Most humans, while they are sleeping, experience primary states of consciousness called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep dreams that allow their minds to have uncontrolled access to the past or expected future. When they are awake, however, people enter a secondary mode of consciousness that allows abstract thinking and self-awareness. When both the primary and secondary states of consciousness are combined, a rare phenomenon called lucid dreaming occurs where the sleeper becomes aware that they are dreaming and is able to control the dream while they are experiencing it (Voss et al., 2014). In a 2006 study on lucid dreaming, Ursula Voss and her team found that during a lucid dream, test subjects’ brain waves were much higher than those of someone in a typical REM sleep. This discovery led Voss and her team to inquire whether higher gamma waves were a cause or a consequence of lucid dreaming. To answer this question, they conducted a new study in 2014 in which they altered the gamma waves of their test subjects during REM sleep in an attempt to induce lucid dreaming. In order to conduct this study, researchers had to gather participants who were incapable of lucid dreaming on their own. After the test subjects had been submerged in a regular REM sleep for about two minutes, scientists pushed a button on a machine that either applied fronto-temporal transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) at various frequencies ranging from 2 to 100 hertz or applied no electrical

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