Dr Denholm Aspy

Denholm Aspy
Visiting Research Fellow
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

My primary research focus is lucid dreaming. In a lucid dream, the dreamer realises that they are dreaming and can then explore and even control the dream. Lucid dreaming has a wide range of potential benefits and applications such as creative problem solving, treatment for recurrent nightmares and improvement of motor skills through rehearsal in the dream environment (e.g. for elite athletes or people recovering from severe physical trauma). However, there has been very little scientific exploration of the potential applications of lucid dreaming, primarily because lucid dreams remain difficult to induce. The purpose of my research is to address this issue and develop more reliable ways to induce lucid dreams. I have also conducted research to investigate whether mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation can help people feel more connected to humanity and to the natural world. More information about my research, including current experiments, can be found on my website: www.luciddreamingaustralia.com

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Dr Denholm Aspy

My primary research focus is lucid dreaming. In a lucid dream, the dreamer realises that they are dreaming and can then explore and even control the dream. Lucid dreaming has a wide range of potential benefits and applications such as creative problem solving, treatment for recurrent nightmares and improvement of motor skills through rehearsal in the dream environment (e.g. for elite athletes or people recovering from severe physical trauma). However, there has been very little scientific exploration of the potential applications of lucid dreaming, primarily because lucid dreams remain difficult to induce. The purpose of my research is to address this issue and develop more reliable ways to induce lucid dreams. I have also conducted research to investigate whether mindfulness meditation and loving-kindness meditation can help people feel more connected to humanity and to the natural world. More information about my research, including current experiments, can be found on my website: www.luciddreamingaustralia.com

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
The University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Psychology

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Aspy, D., Delfabbro, P., Proeve, M. & Mohr, P. (2017). Reality testing and the mnemonic induction of lucid dreams: Findings from the national Australian lucid dream induction study. Dreaming, 27, 3, 206-231.
10.1037/drm0000059
2017 Aspy, D. & Proeve, M. (2017). Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness Meditation: Effects on Connectedness to Humanity and to the Natural World. Psychological Reports, 120, 1, 102-117.
10.1177/0033294116685867
2016 Aspy, D. (2016). Is dream recall underestimated by retrospective measures and enhanced by keeping a logbook? An empirical investigation. Consciousness and Cognition, 42, 181-203.
10.1016/j.concog.2016.03.015
2015 Aspy, D., Delfabbro, P. & Proeve, M. (2015). Is dream recall underestimated by retrospective measures and enhanced by keeping a logbook? A review. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 364-374.
10.1016/j.concog.2015.02.005
Position
Visiting Research Fellow
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Hughes Building
Org Unit
School of Psychology

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