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Dream Reporting During MRI-EEG Study

Our research group is looking for individuals who are willing to answer some questions about their dreams to participate in a research study. If you decide to take part in this study, there would be one session where we would ask questions about your medical health. If you further qualify for the study, we would perform multiple lab visits at night (from 10pm – 5am). The first night we would measure your brain with high-density EEG. In two to three follow-up visits at night, we plan to measure your brain using combined EEG and MRI. During these night visits, we would periodically awaken you during sleep to ask about your dreaming experiences. This study does NOT involve radiation, medication or needles.

  • Recruitment criteria: For this study we are accepting participants between 18 and 40 years of age who do not have psychiatric or neurological conditions, do not have a difficult time falling/staying asleep, and are not claustrophobic.
  • Study times/duration: Up to 5 visits, all of which will take place at 6001 Research Park Blvd, Madison WI 53719. Visit 1 is an intake session during regular business hours. Visit 2 is an overnight session in which we measure your brain activity with a high-density EEG cap worn during sleep. Visits 3-5 are overnight sessions in which we use both EEG and MRI to measure your brain activity while you sleep. During the overnight visits we will also collect dream reports from you throughout the night.
  • Compensation: Participants earn $125/night for sleeping in the lab, and $40/hr for every hour that they sleep in the MRI scanner (up to $240 for a full night in the scanner).

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact Dr. Vanasse at safmri@psychiatry.wisc.edu

Dreaming Inception

Do you dream? The research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Sleep and Consciousness is looking for individuals who are willing to answer some questions about their dream to participate in a research study. The study is part of a larger study about the brain and consciousness. In this study, we are testing whether and under what circumstances visual cues (e.g., a flashing light) become incorporated into ongoing dreams. For two days, you would come to the UW Sleep Center (6001 Research Park Blvd, Madison WI 53719) in the early morning (around 7-8am) for a morning nap. Each session will last at least 2 but not more than 4 hours. During each nap, we will record your brain activity with EEG. If and when you enter specific sleep stages, we will then briefly flash lights over your closed eyes while you sleep. You will then be woken up and fill out a questionnaire about whether you perceived the flashing light in your dream or not.

  • Recruitment criteria: For this study we are accepting participants between 18 and 40 years of age who do not have psychiatric or neurological conditions, do not have a difficult time falling/staying asleep, and do not have a current diagnosis of seizure disorder or a history of seizure medical conditions that could increase the chance of having a seizure.
  • Study times/duration: 2 visits over 2 (possibly non-consecutive) days. Each visit will take place at our UW Sleep Center (6001 Research Park Blvd, Madison WI 53719) in the morning (7am-8am) and will last 2-4 hours.
  • Compensation: Participants will receive $100 for their participation

If you are interested in taking part in this study, please contact Dr. Baird at bbaird@wisc.edu