Ten years ago, I decided to train myself to have lucid dreams on demand, as I wanted to explore recurring dreams I'd been having since childhood. This set off frequent out-of-body experiences, which both scared and intrigued me. I eventually quit my geology degree and switched to anthropology (although I sometimes miss measuring the angle of tilted strata!) I'm currently studying for my MA in Medical Anthropology at SOAS University of London.
My main interest lies in the conditions which foster certain states of consciousness (e.g. space travel, imprisonment, diet), and the effects that these states have on relationships and self-other boundaries. I am also interested in altered states of consciousness in religious / spiritual settings, and the healing effects
I have delivered talks on lucid dreams and out-of-body experiences in Tokyo and London, and explored these topics further in my undergraduate thesis, "Social Encounters in Lucid Dreams and Out-of-Body Experiences: A qualitative UK study". Current work involves collaborating on a sleep paralysis study comparing UK and Russian populations.
Personal background: I'm British-Canadian, I grew up on a farm in rural Ontario, and I enjoy cooking, traveling and dreaming. Little pleasures in life include peach cobbler and thunderstorms!