Sipping the Feels: Training Your Brain for Lucid Dreaming

Research on lucid dreams is still in its infancy, but some induction techniques already hold real promise – and most can be tried in the comfort of your own bedroom. By Achilleas PavlouPhD Researcher in Cognitive NeuroscienceUniversity of Essex Introduction Dreams can often be confusing and blurry experiences. Reduced critical thinking, little to no access to[…]

A Brief History of the Science of Color

Isaac Newton’s work led to breakthroughs in optics, physics, chemistry, perception, and the study of color in nature. In the 1660s, English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton began a series of experiments with sunlight and prisms. He demonstrated that clear white light was composed of seven visible colors. By scientifically establishing our visible spectrum (the[…]

Jab over Java: How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis can help you do well in school or at work. It might even make you better-looking. By Dr. Dana McMakinAssociate Professor of PsychologyFlorida International University Just like eating, drinking or breathing, sleep is an essential part of life. In fact, all animals do it – with some interesting variations.[…]

Dream Visions and Interpretation in Medieval Thought and Literature

Used by diverse writers throughout the Middle Ages, the dream vision as a form was as popular in the late medieval period as the novel is today. By Dr. Mary WellesleyResearch AffiliateBritish Library Introduction The dream vision was a rich and varied form which was put to multiple uses in the Middle Ages, although it[…]

Brewminating: Somniloquy – Why Do I Talk in My Sleep?

Watching someone talk in their sleep can be funny and sometimes even scary, but what’s happening in the brain when this takes place? Presentation from Seeker From Wikipedia: Sleep-talking (or somniloquy) is a parasomnia that refers to talking aloud while asleep. It can range from simple mumbling sounds to loud shouts and long, frequently inarticulate speeches, and can occur[…]

Oneiromancy: Dream Interpretation in the Ancient World

The ancient Sumerians in Mesopotamia have left evidence of dream interpretation dating back to at least 3100 BCE. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic Historian”Brewminate Introduction Oneiromancy (from the Greek όνειροϛ oneiros, dream, and μαντείαmanteia, prophecy) is a form of divination based upon dreams, and also uses dreams to predict the future. Oneirogen drugs may also be used to produce or enhance dream-like states of consciousness.[…]

5 Adaptable Accommodations for Dyslexia

Nothing can make a child fall behind in their coursework faster than reading difficulties. The traditional curriculum relies on reading ability. Therefore, struggling in this one crucial area can lead to serious academic trouble later on in life. Between five and ten percent of Americans display symptoms of dyslexia. One would think we’d have found[…]