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Prof. Chris French: Something Wicked This Way Comes: Causes and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis

Prof. Chris French: Something Wicked This Way Comes: Causes and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis

This presentation will describe the phenomenon of sleep paralysis, including numerous first-person accounts. In its most basic form, sleep paralysis simply involves being half-awake and half-asleep and realising that, for a short time, one cannot move. This experience is very common with around 40% of the population reporting that they have experienced it. Around one in twenty people report having experienced terrifying hallucinations during their episodes of sleep paralysis. The underlying psychophysiological causes of the fascinating phenomenon will be described, as will the different interpretations of the experience cross-culturally. http://www.gold.ac.uk/apru/lectures and http://skeptic.org.uk/archive

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