Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sleep Science with Penny Lewis (Brain Science Podcast 107)

 

In this recent episode of the Brain Science Podcast, Dr. Ginger Campbell speaks with Dr. Penny Lewis about her new book, The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest (2013).

Sleep Science with Penny Lewis (BSP 107)

March 18, 2014 / Ginger Campbell, MD


Penny Lewis

In The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest Dr. Penelope A. Lewis provides a highly readable account of the fascinating world of sleep research. Fascinating research is being carried out with animals as varied as fruit flies and rats, as well as with humans. I was surprised to learn that most people actually find it fairly easy to fall asleep in an fMRI scanner.

I have just posted an interview with Dr. Lewis (BSP 107) that includes a discussion of the role of sleep in memory as well as interesting findings about how synapses in the brain actually change during sleep. We still don't know exactly what sleep (and dreaming) are essential, but research in this field is growing. Dr. Lewis is excited about emerging research that suggests improving slow wave sleep may significantly improve learning and memory.

Listen:
Ginger Campbell, MD
BSP 107 Sleep Science with Penny Lewis
69:55
How to get this episode:
The most recent 25 episodes of the Brain Science Podcast are still FREE. See the individual show notes for links the audio files.

References:

The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest by Penelope A. Lewis
Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall (audible link)
Dreaming: A Very Short Introduction by J. Allan Hobson
See episode transcript for additional links and references.

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