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Meta-awareness during day and night: the relationship between mindfulness and lucid dreaming.

Stumbrys, T and Erlacher, D and Malinowski, P (2015) Meta-awareness during day and night: the relationship between mindfulness and lucid dreaming. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 34 (4). pp. 415-433. ISSN 1541-4477

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Abstract

The present study explored the relationship between lucidity in dreams (awareness of dreams while dreaming) and mindfulness during wakefulness, also considering meditation as a possible moderating variable. An online survey was completed by 528 respondents, of whom 386 (73.1%) had lucid dream experiences. The reported frequency of lucid dreams was found to be positively related to higher dispositional mindfulness in wakefulness. This relationship was only present in those participants who reported acquaintance with meditation. Regarding the dimensions of mindfulness, lucid dream frequency was more strongly associated with
mindful presence rather than acceptance. The findings support the notion of an existing relationship between lucidity in dreams and mindfulness during wakefulness, yet it remains unclear whether the relationship is influenced by actual meditation practice or whether it reflects some natural predispositions. Future studies should examine the role of different meditation practices, investigate personality variables that might influence the relationship,
and explore how different facets of mindfulness and lucidity interrelate.

Keywords: lucid dreaming; mindfulness; meditation

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Sage Publications
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2015 10:08
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 23:50
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/357

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