Lucid dreaming creates distinct patterns of electrical activity in the brain that are similar to the patterns in the brain made by psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia. In lucid dreaming, the brain is in a dissociated state. Some psychiatric conditions involve an dissociated state while awake (i.e. psychosis). This discovery offers the potential for new therapeutic tools for psychiatrists.
Implications for the future:
- Dream researchers can apply their knowledge of dreams to psychiatric patients, building a useful tool for psychiatry.
- Neuroscience investigators can utilize knowledge from sleep research to interpret data from acute psychotic and dissociated states of the brain-mind.