With Dr. Liza Solomonova (Dream and Nightmare Laboratory, University of Montreal)
Sleep paralysis is a unique phenomenon for the study of awareness, since it effectively combines dreaming and waking mind in a bizarre and often unsettling way. It is a temporary period of immobility between sleeping and waking that can be accompanied by vivid sensory experiences in any modality: visual, auditory, tactile, and a feeling of presence of someone or something sentient in the vicinity of the dreamer. While most episodes are characterized by intense fear and experience of mortal danger, some, including out of body experiences, can be positive and allow for lucidity and insight into how the mind works. In this talk Dr. Liza Solomonova will outline the phenomenology of sleep paralysis and discuss the role of awareness and culture in its interpretation and experience.
Wednesday, March 22, 6 p.m.
WeWork Park South 10th Floor Lounge (entrance at 110 E. 28th Street)