The Dream Journal
The Dream Journal
The Science of Nightmares and Lucid Dreaming with Michelle Carr, PhD

Dreams and mental health. Our guest is IASD president, Michelle Carr, PhD, and is a replay of a special episode from 2022. We talk about Michelle’s research in which cognitive methods are used to induce lucid dreaming in the sleep laboratory and about using lucid dreams to treat nightmares. Michelle describes some of the new dream engineering tools that are available including devices to induce lucid dreams or to deepen sleep.

Michelle describes her keynote speech which she was about to give at the 2022 July Tucson IASD conference entitled “From Nightmares to Lucid Dreams: How Dreams Impact Our Mental Health.”

BIO: Michelle Carr, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester in New York, where she works in the Sleep and Neurophysiology Laboratory. Michelle mainly studies the structure and functions of dreaming – what’s happening in the brain and body while we dream, and how this influences our waking life. She studies treatments for nightmares including lucid dreaming and also dream engineering—new techniques and technologies designed to influence dreams to benefit well-being. Michelle Carr is President of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She writes for Psychology Today, and other magazines.

You can find out more about Michelle Carr at the following sites:

This show, episode number 262, was recorded during a replay broadcast on June 8, 2024 recorded during a live show on May 28, 2022 at, community radio of Santa Cruz.

Intro and outro music by Mood Science. Ambient music new every week by Rick Kleffel. Archived music can be found at Many thanks to Rick Kleffel for also engineering the show and to Tony Russomano for the phones.


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