Earthing Sponsor

Shop Earthing.com

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Biohacking Dreams | Inducing Insight and Control in Dreams Using Electromagnetic Signals

(Stillness in the Storm Editor) There are two articles in this post discussing biohacking and lucid dreaming. Biohacking is a growing trend of people augmenting their bodies using technology, usually to "make them better." No doubt an early precursor to transhumanism being more widely accepted by society. 


- Justin

SourceNeuro Critic

by The Neurocriti

DIY brain stimulation geeks were supercharged last week by the finding that dream awareness could be enhanced by transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS)1 at frequencies of 25 and 40 Hz (Voss et al., 2014). Headlines were abuzz with zingers like Brain Zaps Can Trigger Lucid Dreams and A Jolt to the Brain Triggers Lucid Dreams and Brain Zap Could Help You Control Your Dreams. Visualize all the incipient Kickstarter campaigns ready to capitalize on the lucid dreaming market...


Related The Transhumanism Trap: Why Biohacking Chains Consciousness to the Material World

Except did the stimulation really induce lucid dreaming? The only critical evaluation of this claim (that I'm aware of) came from Christian Jarrett in his post, Psychologists Give People Control of Their Dreams Using Brain Stimulation. Really? He closely examined the Lucidity and Consciousness in Dreams scale (LuCiD) used by the experimenters (Voss et al., 2013) and saw that the participants' self-ratings weren't actually indicative of lucid dreaming.

Related 52 Ways to Have Lucid Dreams - Wake from your limited life into your Infinite Self

Although the scores on some LuCiD factors were indeed significantly higher after frontal stimulation at 25 Hz (beta, actually) and/or 40 Hz(gamma) frequencies (relative to sham or other frequencies), this did not mean the dreams were technically “lucid”.



Fig. 3 (Voss et al., 2014). Mean scores for three LuCiD factors [NOTE:each self-rating scale goes from 0: strongly disagree to 5: strongly agree].

Related Voice to Skull - (Evidence and Anecdotes) What You Need to Know about Mind Control Technology

The LuCiD scale consists of 28 statements, each followed by a 6-point rating scale (0: strongly disagree, 5: strongly agree). Insight is the awareness that one is currently dreaming, Dissociation is taking a third-person perspective, and Control is control over the dream plot.

Of the eight LuCiD factors, Insight is the single most important criterion for lucid dreaming (Voss et al., 2013). However, the mean Insight score in the current study is well below that reported for lucid dreams in the earlier study used to construct the scale.



modified from Fig. 5 (Voss et al., 2013). Mean scores for LuCiD scales for non-lucid vs. lucid dream reports [NOTE: each scale goes from 0: strongly disagree to 5: strongly agree. The yellow bars indicate means after 25 or 40 Hz tACS in Voss et al. 2014].

In other words, the 25 Hz and 40 Hz brain stimulation significantly increased Insight and Control, but not to the levels reported in lucid dreams (according the authors' previous definition). The definition in the present study was less stringent: “Lucidity was assumed when subjects reported elevated ratings (>mean + 2 s.e.) on either or both of the LuCiD scale factors insight and dissociation.”

Nonetheless, induced gamma band oscillations did result in a heightened perception of self-awareness during REM sleep, in particular the ability to view the ongoing dream activities as a detached observer. But don't waste your money investing in the latest neurocrap that claims to induce lucid dreaming... As Seen On Nature Neuroscience.


Related A Transhumanist Philosophy: Gene Therapy Makes BioViva CEO Elizabeth Parrish Younger, Blunter, and Resolute



Further Reading

Psychologists Give People Control of Their Dreams Using Brain Stimulation. Really?

Neurocrap Funded by the Masses: NeuroOn and No More Woof


Footnote

1 Note that tACS is different from the usual DIY tDCS (transcranial directcurrent stimulation). tACS is thought to modulate and entrain brain oscillations in a frequency-specific manner, although others are much more cautious in their interpretation.


References

Voss, U., Holzmann, R., Hobson, A., Paulus, W., Koppehele-Gossel, J., Klimke, A., & Nitsche, M. (2014). Induction of self awareness in dreams through frontal low current stimulation of gamma activity. Nature Neuroscience DOI: 10.1038/nn.3719

Voss, U., Schermelleh-Engel, K., Windt, J., Frenzel, C., & Hobson, A. (2013). Measuring consciousness in dreams: The lucidity and consciousness in dreams scale. Consciousness and Cognition, 22 (1), 8-21 DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2012.11.001

“Shared Dreaming” scene from Inception

Related The Programmable Mind - An Extraordinarily Powerful 6 Minute Video from Bruce Lipton




Source - Notey

A Sleep Mask Lets You Master Your Dreams

by Jason Brick

Napz's integrated lights make it possible for lucid dreams to be accessible for everyone

The biohacking device Napz, as designed by Octavio A. Martinez GarcĂ­a, can stimulate lucid dreaming, a state where sleepers are aware that they are dreaming and can control many elements of what happens during the dream.

When the user puts the mask on, integrated lights engage and shine through the eyelids. They focus on Rapid Eye Movement (REM), which indicate which level of sleep somebody has arrived at and how actively they might be dreaming. The lights from Napz follow the RPM and trigger the eyes to see lights which triggers the ability to interact intentionally with a dream.



Dream control is a method that can help people suffering from insomnia, severe nightmares, PTSD and similar sleep disorders. Lucid dreaming has been a therapeutic technique for over a century, a skill achieved through practice. Napz and similar devices allow patients to access lucid dreaming more quickly. Instant access to controlled dreams has recreational applications, but lucid dream wearables are most interesting to people in treatment and recovery fields.



If wearables wasn’t the breakout technology of 2014, it’s certainly poised for the title in 2015. Napz demonstrates the continuing maturation of the trend by showing what’s possible when combining wearables with another breaking trend: biohacking. The biohacking movement centers around using exploits of the human body’s reaction to stimuli to produce better effectiveness, health, energy, happiness…or sleep.



As a concept, biohacking has been around for Millenia (meditation is a form of biohacking, as is lifting weights). But its recent combination with the makers’ movement and adoption of a futuristic-sounding name has begun spawning devices like Napz.

Napz was showcased at Digital Futures UKMX labs weekend—put on by V&Awith the help of the British Council and partners like Centro de Cultura Digital—where Mexico City and the small town of Dundee had an event exchange of inventions. The event went on for 48 hours as part of the London Design Festival 2015 last June.
____________________________
Stillness in the Storm Editor's note: Did you find a spelling error or grammar mistake? Do you think this article needs a correction or update? Or do you just have some feedback? Send us an email at sitsshow@gmail.comThank you for reading.
_________

Sources:

http://neurocritic.blogspot.com/2014/05/does-gamma-tacs-really-induce-lucid.html

http://www.notey.com/@psfkcom_unofficial/external/6210145/a-sleep-mask-lets-you-master-your-dreams.html
________________________________________________________________

Sign-up for RSS Updates:  Subscribe in a reader

[Subscribe to Stillness in the Storm Blog by Email]
View and Share our Images
Curious about Stillness in the Storm? 
See our About this blog - Contact Us page.

If it was not for the gallant support of readers, we could not devote so much energy into continuing this blog. We greatly appreciate any support you provide!

We hope you benefit from this not-for-profit site 

It takes hours of work every day to maintain, write, edit, research, illustrate and publish this blog. We have been greatly empowered by our search for the truth, and the work of other researchers. We hope our efforts 
to give back, with this website, helps others in gaining 
knowledge, liberation and empowerment.

"There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; 
not going all the way, and not starting." - Buddha

If you find our work of value, consider making a Contribution.
This website is supported by readers like you. 

[Click on Image below to Contribute]

Support Stillness in the Storm

Sign up for Gaia TV

Sign up for Gaia TV
By signing up through this link you also support SITS