Jane Gackenbach —
Psychologist Jayne Gackenbach has spent the last 30 years researching the effects of gaming, and more recently virtual reality, on people’s dreams. Her research has found a number of correlations between VR usage and its users ability to lucid dream. Not only do frequent game and VR users have better control over their dreams, but an increased awareness that they are dreaming as well. She has suggested that spending time in a fictional, controllable world may help people to approach dream worlds in a similar way.
“One of the strategies to increase lucid dreaming frequency is to engage more in dream-related thinking. So it’s indeed plausible that engagement in dream-like environments—like many virtual-reality programs are—increases lucid dreaming frequency.”