Agenda 12Jul2019 symposium Lucid dreaming

Lucid Dreaming, Mind Wandering and Mindfulness 12 - 14 July 2019 Donders Institute Nijmegen

A Public Lecture (12 July) by Stephen LaBerge and a Weekend Symposium

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Lucid Dreaming, Mind Wandering and Mindfulness 12 - 14 July 2019 Donders Institute Nijmegen

Public Lecture by Stephen LaBerge
Each night, we experience the most surreal hallucinations. At the time, however, we do not realize that we are actually dreaming. The exception to this rule is the state of lucid dreaming: becoming aware of the current dream state during ongoing sleep. Although lucid dreaming has been a known phenomenon since ancient times, it only entered neuroscientific literature as a physiologically verifiable phenomenon in the early 1980s. In his lecture at the Donders Institute, the pioneer of lucid dreaming research Stephen LaBerge will present an overview of his earlier and more recent research and will elaborate on the strategies used to achieve this unique state of mind.

Stephen LaBerge received his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology from Stanford University (1980). As a Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, he performed laboratory research for 25 years, pioneering the field of lucid dreaming. He is the author of Lucid Dreaming and Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming and is a co-founder of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD).

Symposium: Metacognition Night and Day: Lucid Dreaming, Mind Wandering and Mindfulness
LaBerge's keynote on lucid dreaming will be followed by a thematically broader weekend symposium on lucid dreaming, mind wandering, and mindfulness.
A characteristically human attribute is our ability to reflect on our own mental processes – a phenomenon known as “metacognition.” Rather than actively engaging in constant self-reflection, however, metacognition is restricted or absent during extended periods of our lives: We are often occupied with rather automatic and mindless activities, let our minds wander freely, or are immersed in dreams without conscious control or insight into our current state of mind.
In this symposium, we aim to elucidate metacognitive processing during different states of mind: lucid dreaming, mind wandering, and mindfulness. In contrast to metacognitive impairments experienced during normal dreaming, the rare phenomenon of lucid dreaming allows for full metacognitive capacity during ongoing sleep. For its part, mind wandering – or daydreaming – during wakefulness is characterized by strong metacognitive fluctuations, whereas states of mindfulness involve strong metacognitive features.
International experts on lucid dreaming, mind wandering, and mindfulness will shed light on each of these phenomena, including their psychological and neurobiological mechanisms, and explore their commonalities and mutual relationships. Participation is free, but you are requested to register for the event.



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  • 12 -14 July 2019