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Daniel Denis: Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis is a condition of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep in which one becomes conscious of their surroundings during the night, but is unable to move. These experiences are often accompanied by a wide range of bizarre and often terrifying hallucinations.

Throughout history, many ostensibly paranormal experiences may be explained as episodes of sleep paralysis, including: middle-age accounts of attacks by sex crazed demons, supposed 'evidence' used to prosecute witches, and more recently, claims of alien abduction.

The talk shall also examine the research carried out by anthropologists, psychologists, and neuroscientists to try and better understand the causes of sleep paralysis episodes.

Dan is a PhD students at the University of Sheffield and former researcher in the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths where he carried out research into the causes of and risk factors involved in sleep paralysis. He is also the resident researcher for the Sleep Paralysis Project, a multi-disciplinary investigation into sleep paralysis.

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  • Steve D.

    A little death by powerpoint

    April 6, 2014

  • Sheffield S.

    Glad you both enjoyed it! We do try to get a range of speakers and topics so presentation styles vary from speaker to speaker. See you next month :)

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • Jas

    Thank you for the interesting talk tonight :) Looking forward to next Meetup :)

    March 24, 2014

  • Alisauros

    Interesting subject- presentation a little on the old - fashioned power point side so the audience were generally ahead of the speaker, but the discussion afterwards opened things up. Everyone was very respectful of what others had to say, so people were happy to contribute. Nice atmosphere and a good mix of ages. Beer was cheap too, looking forward to next time.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Jas

    Hi, just double-checking if the venue would be taking place at Farm Road Sports and Social Club? Is this a pub?

    March 24, 2014

  • Alisauros

    Postcode for the pub?

    March 24, 2014

  • Mike

    I've said yes I shall attend the sleep paralysis talk but in reality at the moment it had to be only tentative.

    March 18, 2014

    • Sheffield S.

      No problem Mike. Hope you can make it!

      March 21, 2014

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