Dr. Stephen LaBerge

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Dr. Stephen LaBerge, a world-renowned expert on lucid dreaming, has pioneered the scientific study of the topic. He has had more than 30 years of relevant personal and professional experience, having earned his Ph.D. in Psychophysiology from Stanford University in 1980 for his seminal laboratory research on lucid dreaming. His contributions to lucid dreaming methodology include developing lucid dream induction techniques (e.g., MILD, the counting technique for falling asleep consciously, and the sleep interruption technique (WBTB)), the spinning and hand-rubbing techniques for stabilizing lucid dreams, and various lucid dream induction devices such as the DreamLight and NovaDreamer. His scientific contributions include using eye-movement signals to prove the reality of lucid dreams, characterizing the basic physiology of lucid dreams (and coining the terms DILD and WILD), and showing through a variety of experiments that lucid dream actions affect the brain (and to a lesser extent the body) as-if they were actually happening. Dr. LaBerge’s recent research shows how the phenomenon of lucid dreaming sheds light on the nature of consciousness, viewing consciousness as the dream of what happens, with perception and dreaming essentially differing only by the presence or absence of sensory constraints.