Accessing the Hybrid Morphology during Lucid Dreaming
Through a series of workshops, interviews and training I am inviting participants with experience in LD to log dreams and find out how can primary and secondary aspects of consciousness be investigated neurobiologically?
New methodologies allow the experimental manipulation of dream content at sleep onset, permitting an objective and scientific study of dream formation and a renewed search for the possible functions of dreaming and the biological processes subserving it.
New evidence from quantitative electroencephalographic (EEG) studies suggests that Lucid Dreaming is the subjective experience of a waking dream in a hybrid brain state, with the rare but instructive coactivation of both primary and secondary consciousness circuits. When subjects shift from non-lucid to lucid REM sleep, they show an increase in the high-frequency (40 Hz) band of their frontal EEG. This sort of high-frequency EEG activity could represent the synchronization of cortical neuronal activity that is necessary to effect the temporal binding that is believed to be essential to waking consciousness.
My art project ‘Hybrid Morphology’ collates subjective dream recall data from participants, and invesitgates how this affects other aspects of dreaming, as during REM sleep a parallel increase in bizarre, hyperassociative elements and emotions are recalled.