My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: How Frankfurt University's Dr Ursula Voss Electric Shocks induces Gamma Waves for Lucid Dreaming

Thursday, May 15, 2014

How Frankfurt University's Dr Ursula Voss Electric Shocks induces Gamma Waves for Lucid Dreaming

“People are going to be scrambling to put together home Lucid Dreaming induction devices based on this 40-Hertz stimulation procedure. I wouldn't be surprised if we see products fairly quickly.”

Dr. Tore Nielsen, a Dream and nightmare researcher at the University of Montreal commenting on the Study published in Nature Neurosecience by Dr Ursula Voss at Frankfurt University, Germany on Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming on possible on tap with a simple zap of low voltage electricity, based on Research conducted and now published in Nature Neurosecience  Journal by Dr Ursula Voss, a clinical psychologist and Lead investigator at Frankfurt University in Germany as stated in “Seeking Roots of Consciousness, Scientists Make Dreamers Self-Aware”, published MAY 11, 2014 By Virginia Hughes, National Geographic and “Lucid dreaming can be induced by electric scalp stimulation, study finds”, published Sunday 11 May 2014 18.00 BST by Nicola Davis, The Guardian.

Her discovery can be summed up quite simply; apply a low voltage current with a frequency of 40 Hz to the Frontal Area of the Brain during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) will induce Lucid Dreaming! Mind Control device makers, scramble to adjust your design based on this discovery, as no doubt, Lucid Dreaming Headsets are coming to a store near you! Rare that a study by a Doctor in ANY field may have immediate practical applications!

Previously, you have to use devices such as the US$345 Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask to basically train yourself to become a Lucid Dreamer i.e. Becoming aware that you are indeed asleep and then control your Dream from within, instead of merely being a spectator in your own Dream, Inception Style!

If the results of this discovery are reproducible, it means that Lucid Dreaming, Mind Reading and Mind Controllers such as the US$199 Muse Mind Controller as detailed in my blog article entitled “IndieGogo funded Interaxion debut US$199 Muse Mind Controller at Le Web in France - Future Silver Lining Playbook for Gaming that'll Exercise the Windmills of Your Mind” will be popular by 2015.

40Hz Voltage and you’re smarter – How Alpha, Beta and Gamma Waves lead to Mind Reading and Conscious Dreaming

First, a quick primer on Alpha, Beta and Gamma Waves!

Your Brain is a Bio-Electrical Generator that generates Brainwaves, which consist of three (3) types of brainwaves named after letter in the Greek Alphabet:

1.         Alpha Waves associated with relaxation
2.         Beta Waves associated with concentration
3.         Gamma Waves associated with consciousness during wakefulness i.e. Lucid Dreaming

Interestingly, Dr Ursula Voss and her team had actually bumped into a way to induce Lucid Dreaming as far back as 2009, but didn’t realize what to make of the results. Granted, she’d previously discovered this phenomenon when doing experiments with six (6) trained Lucid Dreamers.

During that experiment, they discovered that during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, the Brain's Frontal Area produces Gamma Waves in the 30 to 40HZ band but at the time she wasn’t sure if they were a cause of Lucidity or a lingering after-effect of Lucid Dreaming.

Fast forward to May 2014 with the publication of this research in the Nature Neurosecience  Journal.  In a new experiment, she recruited 27 healthy young adults with no previous experience in Lucid Dreaming. Cots were set up in their Sleep Lab at the Frankfurt University and they participants were dolled up with ECG (Electro-Cardiograph) monitoring equipment.

The subjects were then divided into one of two (2) groups, one a Control Group the other the Experiment Group. Two (2) minutes into REM sleep they were then subjected to one of either treatment for 30 Seconds to the Frontal Lobe of the Brain:

1.      Experiment Group got a Weak Electrical AC Voltage with a Frequency of 2 to 100 Hz
2.      Control Group got a Weak Electrical DC Voltage with no Frequency

This experiment was then repeated for both Groups, with the frequency being stepped up in steps of 5Hz for the Experiment Group. It was while the Experiment Group's frequency got dialed up from 2 to 100 Hz that the Frankfurt University Team made an exciting discovery:

1.      25Hz produced Lucid Dreaming 58% of the time it was applied
2.      40Hz produced Lucid Dreaming 77% of the time it was applied
3.      Weak Electrical DC Voltage with no Frequency produced no Lucid Dreaming

This was confirmed after the subjects awoke and did a questionnaire and thorough debriefing after each sleep session, a total of 20 such sleep sessions. Assumedly, they had to either be lulled to sleep using music or they may have taken milk and cookies or whatever it took to make them go into REM sleep, even with the EEG Headgear glued in place on the Frontal lobes of their Brain.

Applications of Gamma Waves – Lucid Dreaming means no more Nightmares

Practical Applications as Dr. Tore Nielsen implied?
Many abound just thinking about it:

1.      Defeating phobias in the Dream world
2.      Learning new Skills in a deliberately created Dream environment, Matrix Style
3.      Combat Training without the need to incur injury, Matrix Style
4.      Talking to loved ones in a coma by going into their Dream state
5.      Shared Dreaming, Inception Style
6.      Drifting in someone else’s memories, Pacific Rim Style
7.      Communicating with the Dead persons inactive Brain
8.      Transcendentalism i.e. transferring one’s consciousness into a computer

Of greatest interest to me is Shared Dreaming as described in my blog article entitled “Salvia, THC and Shared Dreaming - Altered States meets Inception”, as it would be interesting to drift into someone else’s dream other than via doing Deep Meditation or Astral Projection.

Can’t wait until I see more devices Kickstarted and IndieGogo’ed online with millions of sleep-deprived and nightmare-scared Americans that apply this Research Tidbit to their design to make it possible to not only have Lucid Dreaming on Tap, but to control what you Dream about and even start Lucid Dreaming, Katy Perry “Wide Awake” style, possibly with the help of sleep inducing Drugs!

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