The cognitive neuroscience of lucid dreaming

Benjamin Bairda, Sergio A. Mota-Rolimb ,Martin Dreslerc

Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, March 2019

DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.03.008



Lucid dreaming refers to the phenomenon of becoming aware of the fact that one is dreaming during ongoing sleep. Despite having been physiologically validated for decades, the neurobiology of lucid dreaming is still incompletely characterized. Here we review the neuroscientific literature on lucid dreaming, including electroencephalographic, neuroimaging, brain lesion, pharmacological and brain stimulation studies. Electroencephalographic studies of lucid dreaming are mostly underpowered and show mixed results. Neuroimaging data is scant but preliminary results suggest that prefrontal and parietal regions are involved in lucid dreaming. A focus of research is also to develop methods to induce lucid dreams. […]

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