Episode 61: Lucid Dreaming
Lucid dreaming has come in to popular culture in recent years, and may provide a way of managing nightmares and distressing dreams in the future. What is lucid dreaming? Can people make themselves lucid dream? What insights can be gained from lucid dreaming research? To understand all about lucid dreaming we spoke with Dr Benjamin Baird, a researcher specialising in the study of human cognition and consciousness using lucid dreaming.
Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk – Talking all things sleep.
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Audio Timeline / Chapters:
- 00:00 – 34:03 Theme – Lucid Dreaming
- 34:03 – 35:11 Clinical Tip
- 35:11 – 37:45 Pick of the Month
- 37:45 – 39:10 What’s Coming Up?
Links mentioned in the podcast:
- Dr Baird’s profile from University of Wisconsin
- The Lucidity Institute
- Galantamine increases lucid dreaming
- Distinguishing REM sleep dreaming and waking perception from imagination
- The cognitive neuroscience of lucid dreaming
- Dr Allan Hobson NY Times Obituary
- Dream Life – Book by Dr Allan Hobson
- Cognitive behaviour therapy vs health education for sleep disturbance after head injury
Dr. Benjamin Baird is a research scientist specializing in the study of human cognition and consciousness. His work uses a range of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience methods, including theoretical and computational modeling of behavior, functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion spectrum imaging (DSI), high-density electroencephalography (hdEEG), eye-tracking, sleep physiological recordings and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). His areas of interest include internally generated thought and perception, such as mind-wandering and dreaming, the role of prefrontal and frontopolar cortical networks in high-level control functions such as metacognition, the neurophysiology and neurochemistry of cognition during sleep and the neurobiology of consciousness.
Dr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the sleep field, who has considerable experience working with people with sleeping difficulties in a multidisciplinary practice using a team-based approach. Moira is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and a board member of the Sleep Health Foundation. She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments. She is one of the founders and clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998.
Connect with Moira on Twitter – @MoiraJunge
Dr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and in the United States, at Harvard Medical School, and is an International Sleep Medicine Specialist, Diplomate Behavioral Sleep Medicine and Registered Polysomnographic Technologist. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep.
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