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Mountains in Clouds

About Us

Who are we?

The International Consortium for Maladaptive Daydreaming Research (ICMDR), established in 2017, is a platform for scientific cooperation and a depository of information on immersive and dysfunctional forms of daydreaming. We are not a formal or registered organization but rather, an academic milieu, which provides peer support and updates from the field, and facilitates research collaborations. Whenever we encounter a researcher interested in Maladaptive Daydreaming, we invite them to join in; Thus, we are constantly growing. The ICMDR currently comprises 35 researchers at various stages of their careers. Research groups emanate from different parts of the world including the USA, Australia, Italy, Hungary, the UK, Poland, Switzerland, Brazil, Israel, and Greece. To get acquainted with us please visit our researchers' page.

Our Mission

Our main mission is to promote scientific knowledge on maladaptive daydreaming (MD) by fostering studies on the developmental trajectories, phenomenology, psychopathology, brain function, and treatment of MD.

We strive to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between mental health professionals, researchers of consciousness and cognition, and brain scientists worldwide for the advancement of the study of MD. 

We also strive to understand the trait of immersive daydreaming, the non-pathological form of absorptive daydreaming, and its psychological and brain features.

Ultimately, we aim to improve the recognition of MD among mental health professionals and scholars in the hope that the pursuit of these goals could help the many who suffer from MD and in need of help. We are eager to work with consumer organizations for the promotion of public and professional MD awareness.

If you find yourself identifying with our goal to promote the scientific research of maladaptive daydreaming, you may consider making a donation to promote this cause. Donations may be made to Dr. Nirit Soffer-Dudek’s lab at Ben-Gurion University, with the specification that the donation is meant for maladaptive daydreaming research. More details on donations can be found here.

Join Us

We are always looking for new partners to join us in this mission.

Interested researchers and graduate students are welcome to contact us, and we'll be happy trying to promote your research, help you to post open-call on our website, or try to find ways to collaborate with you. We appreciate and welcome any work that is in line with the consortium's efforts.

Whether you are a fellow researcher, a Ph.D. candidate, an M.A. student, or an ambitious MDer -
we will be happy to find ways to collaborate with you.

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