Kasamatsu and Hirai studied Buddhist monks who underwent sensory deprivation. They experienced hallucinations and a blood test revealed that they had increased levels of seratonin which had activated the hypothalamus and frontal cortex, leading to the hallucinations.
Bonson et al found that antidepressants which increase levels of seratonin interfere with LSD action in causing hallucinations. They concluded that seratonin inhibits the conscious mind from waking dreams.
The questions: is waking dreaming therefore different to hallucinating and can anyone give me a biological reason as to why, or are these studies just contradictory??
Thanks so much for getting through this x
...or just paranoid?