Sleep, Memory, and Dreams

October 20, 2004 (Wednesday) / 5:00 pm

17 Logan Hall, 349 South 36th Street

Sleep, Memory, and Dreams

A Neurocognitive Approach

Robert Stickgold

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

Listen up, students of all ages. Cutting back on sleep to tackle those mounting piles of homework may be self-defeating. If you want to remember what you've learned, sleep is absolutely necessary.

What role does sleep play in learning and memory? Why are certain levels of sleep better than others? How does the brain build dreams?

Join us as distinguished Harvard psychiatrist Robert Stickgold presents the findings of sleep researchers who are examining the familiar assumption that sleep and dreams put order in daily experience.

Robert Stickgold was born in Chicago, attended college at Harvard University, and received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He went on to work in neurochemistry and neurophysiology before settling into his current research on sleep and dreaming in the cognitive neurosciences. One of the nation's leading sleep researchers, Dr. Stickgold is widely published on sleep and cognition, dreaming, and conscious states. He has also written two science fiction novels, both published by Del Rey: Gloryhits and The California Coven Project.