What can we practice in a lucid dream?
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D. Erlacher and M. Schredl, “Practicing a motor task in a lucid dream enhances subsequent performance: A pilot study,” Sport Psychol., 2010.
Consolidate physiotherapy, learn or improve in various sports, and memorize critical information with lucid dreams.
- Rehabilitation for people with injuries – Individuals with physical injuries can use their physiotherapy sessions to help them improve. Practicing techniques in the lucid dream alongside their regular physiotherapy may help them improve further.
- Sports – researchers showed that individuals could improve their performance in darts with lucid dreams. However, this did depend on the number of distractions they had during the dream. Those that had fewer distractions during the lucid dream had improved more. Darts is just one example. Lucid dreaming could be used to practice other sports like football, basketball, baseball, etc. This could be very useful for professional athletes.
- Memorization – perhaps, we could prepare for an exam with the help of lucid dreams. We could study the learning material while awake and then try to memorize it in our lucid dream.
- Ideation – We could try to think of new ideas in our lucid dreams. This isn’t unheard of, as many researchers have thought of novel ideas during their lucid dreams. Otto Loewi, a Nobel laureate, had designed an experiment in his dreams. The experiment later helped him to validate his theory that chemicals called neurotransmitters are involved in nerve impulses.
Schädlich, Melanie, Daniel Erlacher, and Michael Schredl. “Improvement of darts performance following lucid dream practice depends on the number of distractions while rehearsing within the dream–a sleep laboratory pilot study.” Journal of sports sciences 35.23 (2017): 2365-2372.
Therapies, sleep learning, self-reflection
- Subconscious therapies for sociopaths to learn the right emotional patterns and behaviors
- Recognizing the risky situations using AI-powered predefined scenarios (for security workers)
Establish a dialogue between the un- and the sub-conscious with the conscious
Bargh J. A., Morsella E. (2008). The unconscious mind. Perspect. Psychol. Sci. 3 73–79. 10.1111/j.1745-6916.2008.00064.x
anger, music, refining specific techniques
- practice dealing with anger for those who struggle with it: it would prevent breaking things and injuring people
- music creation: booking multiple musicians to play different instruments is expensive
- military training
- exercise for surgery students