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Northern Virginia’s Brian Sharpless Works with University of London and BBC Focus on EHS Study

Professor Brian Sharpless, associate professor at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia, is working with Alice Gregory, professor, Goldsmiths, University of London on a study of exploding head syndrome (EHS) and sleep paralysis. The study is being carried out by Goldsmiths, University of London and BBC Focus.

Sharpless is known as an expert on EHS. According to the article, “the syndrome has been given this rather dramatic moniker, but some people, Dr. Brian Sharpless, has been among those suggesting a new name: ‘episodic cranial sensory shocks.’ This syndrome might sound frightening, but actually it is pretty common.”

The study is an online survey that anyone may take part in.

EHS are loud sounds that occur just as a person is falling asleep. They can include explosions and other types of loud noise including gunshots, fireworks, thunder, doors slamming, clapping, shouting, and the clash of cymbals.

Read the article here.

Participate in the survey here.