chapter  9
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Soviet Hypnopedia

According to his original thesis on Suggestology, Dr. Lozanov and his colleagues at the Institute of Suggestology expressed interest in, and conducted experiments on Soviet-inspired hypnopedia (or sleep-learning) in the late 1960s.1 Very few details are (or have been) provided on these experiments and implication is made in the Lozanov thesis that sleep-learning did not prove to be as effective as Suggestopedia for the learning of foreign languages. However, in spite of Lozanov’s written or oral claims that Suggestopedia is quite different from Soviet hypnopedia, an examination of the two systems reveals that there are some very important similarities between them. It would appear that Lozanov and his colleagues were very much influenced by Soviet sleep-learning-at least in the initial stage of their experiments.