Denholm Aspy

Denholm Aspy

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 physical trauma). However, there has been very little scientific exploration of the potential applications of lucid dreaming. The purpose of my research is to address this issue and develop 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.DrDenholmAspy.com

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - ongoing Visiting Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Education

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

    Year Citation
    2020 Aspy, D. J. (2020). Findings From the International Lucid Dream Induction Study. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 12 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2018 Aspy, D., Madden, N., & Delfabbro, P. (2018). Effects of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) and a B Complex Preparation on Dreaming and Sleep. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 125(3), 451-462.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8 Europe PMC6
    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.
    DOI Scopus42 WoS40 Europe PMC7
    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.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS13
    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.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    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.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS10 Europe PMC7

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