A Proposed Study of Hypnagogia by Dan McKinnon. Do you remember your last Hypnagogic Experience?. Hypnagogia & Memory. Some Preliminary Observations with an Experimental Procedure for the study of Hypnagogic Imagery and State Dependent Memory. What is Hypnagogia?.
Do you remember
…flashing lights, colors, pin wheels, faces, shadow shapes, landscapes, even dreamlets
…sometimes in the form of (LEBs) auto-symbolic material
…sometimes almost psychedelic,
…creative insights and solutionsHypnagogic Images are...
Virtually everyone experiences it, but often there’s a fear
it may be a personal
pathology or abnormality
Probably the most famous example comes from Kekule’s discovery of the benzene molecule while dozing in front of a fire….
Edgar Allan Poe spoke of his hypnagogia experiences as…
The literature is filled with examples of hypnagogia.How about a couple of examples...
The question: Is a person’s recall for hypnagogic images better when they are in the theta state?
12 grad.psych. students volunteers discovery of the benzene molecule while dozing in front of a fire….
One day seminar - two parts:
Morning (3 hr) - lecture & disc. on Hypnagogia & biofeedback
Afternoon (5 hr) - 4 EEG training periods
practiced observing & coding H.I.s arising in theta state
60 days later recall test mirrored this afternoon sessionThe Participants
Complete a demogr. info sheet and disc. familiarity with: EEG, H.I., & ASCs
EEG devices were Discovery Eng. 2000
EEG recorded at occipital & parietal lobes
900 Hz feedback tone for Alpha, 400 Hz feedback tone for Theta, no tones selected for Beta and Delta
Participant heard tones via ear phonesStimuli and Apparatus
Instructed all participants that in afternoon session each of them would complete 4 identical EEG and H.I. training sessions.
Experimental EEG, H.I., & ASCs
Achieve Theta State
Given randomly assigned file tab and asked to recall in detail for recording
Tested on all H.I.s from training session
Achieve Theta State
Finger tap for Attention Placebo
Given randomly assigned file tab and asked to recall in detail for recordign
Tested on all H.I.s from training sessionProcedure