Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dreaming and Metacognition

I'll admit, I had to look that one up.

Metacognition is the ability to think about one's own thought processes, according to Google.

Think about that (intentional meta joke): it's the ability to think about how you think, including how you think about the way you think. Tongue and thought-twisters aside, what's the connection?

A recent article released by the Max Planck Institutes for Human Development and Psychiatry (two separate institutes), both in Berlin, in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that those who are gifted in the art of lucid dreaming are more capable in metacognition and self-reflection.

Sounds legit to me. You can read the article yourself here, though the link hasn't been working dependably for me.

I've done my fair share of work with lucid dreaming, not just participating in it myself, but writing extensively on the subject. I've even dedicated workspace specifically for it, one blog of my own dream journal and one of my own dream guides, that have formerly been haphazardly buried within the stack here at DreamClassier.