hypnogogic state


Related to hypnogogic state: Hypnagogic hallucinations, Hypnagogic imagery

hypnogogic state

A state between waking and sleeping or vice versa, often characterized by hallucinatory images.
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Whereas the "standard ganzfeld" places the participant in a relaxed hypnogogic state that is designed to facilitate spontaneous internally generated imagery, our own IVR system places the participant in an increased state of arousal and sensory alertness and is based on external, stimulus-influenced imagery.
Lewis-Williams depicts the spectrum of consciousness as a line, with alert problem-solving consciousness on the left, bifurcating halfway, the top branch indicating the intensified trajectory of trance states and the lower branch indicating the normal trajectory of hypnogogic states, dreaming and unconsciousness (2002: 125; 2004: 31).
The use of hypnosis or hypnogogic states in pain reduction is quite prolific.