somnambulism


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somnambulism

a condition that is characterized by walking while asleep or in a hypnotic trance

Somnambulism

 

a pathological state that is manifested in unconscious, outwardly well-ordered, and at times absurd or dangerous actions performed while sleeping and consequently not remembered. Somnambulism may be induced artificially through hypnotism, which indicates the similarity between the pathophysiological mechanisms of somnambulism and hypnosis.

somnambulism

[säm′näm·byə‚liz·əm]
(physiology)
Sleepwalking.
The performance of any fairly complex act while in a sleeplike state or trance.
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Either one is acceptable today as a depth test just before the "lose the numbers" amnesia test for somnambulism.
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Brown uses random members of the crowd, as they participate in all manner of experiments and demonstrations, including the Victorian phenomena of somnambulism and the spooky Spirit Cabinet.
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The Caligari figure -- as Francis tells the story, anyway -- is a psychiatrist whose clinical obsessions with somnambulism drive him to pathological murder.
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